Trudeau’s Liberal government was in secret talks with the CBC during the election campaign about “trusted news” and “disinformation”.
The news about the communications comes from an order paper response to a question asked by Alberta Conservative MP Chris Warkentin.
“With regard to communication between the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the government with the exception of media inquiries, did anyone in the government receive any communication from the CBC during the 2019 writ period. And if so, what are the details of such communication...”
Several emails between the state broadcaster, the Heritage ministry, Global Affairs, and the Privy Council office include asks for extra money — called special warrants — to cover the bills as the CBC ramped up their election coverage.
On September 9th, a staffer at CBC, Shawn Poulter at the CBC sent an email to Ian McCowan at the Privy Council Office with a subject line “FYI trusted news Charter to fight disinformation”:
“CBC Radio Canada joins global charter to fight disinformation”
On September 10th, a similar email with the same subject line was sent by Poulter, this time to Allen Southerland, the assistant secretary to the cabinet for the Privy Council. One day later, Shawn Poulter communicated with Hillary Humphrey from the Heritage Ministry regarding the “global task force on public media”.
On September 20th, Lillian Le at the CBC was requesting a meeting with Eric Bertram from Global Affairs Canada about “CBC radio-Canada and trusted media.”
On December 5th, a senior manager with CBC radio sent an email to David Hendricks, a senior analyst with the Department of Canadian Heritage, to provide an “overview of the current state of the media landscape in Canada”.
Secret communications with the Privy Council Office, Global Affairs Canada, and Heritage Canada where CBC discredits its competitors as less “trusted” than the bloated Mother Corp?
You just can't trust the CBC to tell you the truth about Trudeau's Liberals.