Erin O’Toole is the only politician, in this election, I have heard promise to cut the funding of the CBC. Yet the CBC seems to be the only television network trying to take an unbiased approach to the September 20 election. I gave up on CTV years ago when the network seemed to be working for then prime minister Stephen Harper.
But the surprise was the other day when I watched the West Block on Global Television. The show had three people on a political panel who are all voting conservative. What ever happened to balanced reporting?
The only person on the panel who might get a pass from me was Mayor Naheed Nenshi from Calgary. He does try to bring some honest comment to the fore. It is just that Calgary these days is a tough town if your political ambitions are anything but conservative.
When the panel was introduced, I assumed that Brad Wall, who served for 11 years as Saskatchewan premier, was the conservative spokesperson. I have never been impressed with Wall but they liked him in Saskatchewan and that has to count for something. His analysis of the current political situation was straight from the conservative song book.
The supposed liberal on the program was probably intended to be the former member of parliament Celina Caesar-Chavannes. The fact that she has publicly declared her hatred for prime minister Justin Trudeau must have been ignored by those selecting the panel. They could not have read her book about her naive experiences in Ottawa as a member of parliament. She made it very clear on the program that she was voting conservative.
What was also apparent about the panel was there was nobody on it with any real depth of knowledge of voting patterns across Canada and the more serious issues in the election.
To be fair, I did not watch the last three or four West Block programs and may have missed some programs that were entirely in favour of the new democrats or the liberals. Maybe this last program was to restore some balance. I will check next week and see if some balance has been restored.
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