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CBC privatization bill dies in House

Media | 05/04/2017 8:04 pm EDT

A private member’s bill to privatize CBC/Radio-Canada met a decisive defeat Wednesday night, after members of Parliament voted 260-6 to send it to the legislation graveyard. Saskatchewan MP and Conservative Party leadership candidate Brad Trost was joined by fellow Conservative MPs Arnold Viersen, Blake Richards, Kevin Sorenson, Harold Albrecht and David Anderson in voting to send the proposed legislation to committee for further study. Wednesday’s outcome wasn’t unforeseen, given the dearth of support voiced for the bill during debate in the House of Commons. In...

Debate resumes on CBC-privatization bill, vote deferred

Media | 04/10/2017 6:57 pm EDT

OTTAWA — A Conservative backbencher’s bill to privatize CBC/Radio-Canada found a little more support from party colleagues in the House of Commons Monday, but it likely won’t be enough to push it to committee stage. As opposed to its first appearance for debate in February, the private member’s bill had more than its sponsor Brad Trost — who is also running for leadership of his party — speaking in its favour. Conservative MPs David Anderson and Arnold Viersen (who seconded the bill) both offered support for...