There has been a lot of discussion in Ottawa lately about secrets, lying, and withholding the truth. Mainly because it has been suggested by, well, pretty much every newspaper in the country, that this has become the standard operating procedure for the CBC. Now to be fair, this is not entirely the CBC’s fault… they start treating Canadians like, what’s the word I’m looking for here? Idiots.
Now I get this. I mean this CBC has things they want to do. Big things. They wanna build windmills, buy lattes, advertise. And that is their prerogative. The problem arises when the taxpayers get it into their heads that they should have some idea of what this is gonna cost. The CBC Solution? Tell the people nothing.
Now could you imagine if we all lived our lives like that? Imagine for a minute you want a new truck. Take a page from the CBC playbook. Look your spouse in the eye tonight and say, “I’m gettin’ a new truck. Your job is to pay for the truck, not know what it costs.” And then if your spouse is entirely unreasonable and still demands an answer, pull a Rick Mercer. Rant about the evil Conservative government
Because at the end of the day, that is the message this network is sending to the voters and yes, the children of Canada. The hell with the truth, the lie will set you free. And you know what? It’s not good enough. Because in a free and open society, when it comes to government operations, the people who pay the bills deserve to know the truth. And I know CBC, sometimes the truth hurts. But the truth will not harm democracy. Only secrets and lies will do that.
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