NDP CALLS TO HALT SALE OF MAISON RADIO-CANADA

NDP CALLS TO HALT SALE OF MAISON RADIO-CANADA

 

MONTRÉAL — New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to immediately suspend the sale of Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal. Instead of approving an irreversible and final sale, halting this process would allow the time to explore the best possible options, cost them and make them public.   

 

“Radio-Canada’s Conservative-appointed board of directors is continuing to dismantle our public broadcaster but now it’s happening on the Liberals’ watch. Minister Joly has the authority to say no and declare a moratorium,” said Culture and Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Saint-Hubert). “This is all being done with a total lack of transparency and it’s the people who will end up footing the bill to replace the Maison.”

 

After the Conservative’s reckless cuts to CBC/Radio-Canada, millions of citizens voted last October against these cuts. But the bad news continues under the Liberals: there’s now a “For Sale” sign in front of the Maison. This decision, made in secret by a board of directors appointed by the previous government, would represent the loss of a symbol of Quebec’s Quiet Revolution.

 

“The fact is that the tower doesn’t belong to the Corporation, it belongs to the people,” said Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie). “The Maison de Radio-Canada is the centre of a rich cultural and social ecosystem and decisions about its future will have a major impact on the future of the South-Central neighborhood.”

 

The decision to sell was made in a secretive environment – without consultation of the stakeholders concerned and without transparency. The government must impose a moratorium to ensure the best decision is made.