[Sust-mar] End the CBC Lockout

Paul A Falvo pfalvo at chebucto.ns.ca
Sat Oct 1 15:35:17 EDT 2005

Enough is enough. The CBC lockout has meant services that many Canadians 
rely upon and desperately miss have been unavailable for too long.  I hope 
you will join me and other concerned Canadians to send a strong message to 
CBC President Robert Rabinovitch to END THE CBC LOCKOUT. You can send a 
message using FRIENDS' online action centre by visiting:


There's another reason I urge you to send a message right now, even if you 
have previously written to President Rabinovitch about the lockout.  It's 
to call for changes to the patronage appointment system that is at least 
partly responsible for the current lockout. Former Prime Minister Chrétien 
appointed Mr. Rabinovitch in 1999, and Prime Minister Martin extended his 
tenure last year. The CBC president should not be able to deny CBC services 
to Canadians under the Prime Minister’s protection.  FRIENDS believes CBC’s 
Board should have the power to choose and dismiss the president. That’s the 
way it works on other boards.  And it's what the Parliamentary Standing 
Committee on Canadian Heritage unanimously recommended in its landmark 
Lincoln Report.

To convey this important message, our action centre software will 
automatically send the Prime Minister, the Heritage Minister, and your MP a 
copy of your letter.  The return of Parliament this week presents a 
valuable opportunity to make your views on patronage appointments known.

Again, the address to visit is:


Thanks for taking action to end the CBC lockout - and to address one of its 
root causes.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Morrison
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting is an independent, non-partisan voluntary 
organization and is not affiliated with any broadcaster or political party.

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