The late John G. Diefenbaker referred to the CBC as “the greatest unifying force in Canada.”
I wish someone would drill that into the heads of the CBC News and Current Affairs program producers in Toronto.
How often, I wonder, have we been excluded from references about important events in the Dominion of Canada by those insulting surveys that say “across the country from Halifax to Vancouver”?
The latest example that has my dander up aired on Sept. 19 on CBC Television’s “The National” with Peter Mansbridge and Co.
The program was about investments in real estate and other things related to financial considerations, especially by our young people.
“The National” program producers assembled a panel of four from various walks of life, all experts in their field. They represented banks, financial investors, print media economists and trade unions.
The 15-minute telecast focused on real estate highs and lows as reflected in current fluctuations in world economies, particularly ours in Canada.
Throughout the round-table discussion there were several references to current events in real estate markets from “Halifax to Vancouver.”
Not only was that disgusting but to me it was just another example of the countless other CBC network programs that left this province out of their discussions time after time.
We are isolated enough by sheer geography, but for heaven’s sake, can’t the CBC current affairs producers upalong realize that the more they continue to do this they make us more isolated than we ever thought possible?
It’s an instinctive thing and, by God, we deserve better from our national CBC broadcasters who we support through our taxes the same as those Canadians from Halifax to Vancouver Island.
If Mansbridge and Co. don’t think the current real estate boom in St. John’s (which everybody, it seems, is talking about) is not worthy of inclusion in a national broadcast, maybe next time I’ll take the remote and find CTV or Global for my nightly news and current affairs.