To me, he was someone I disagreed with, but he always seemed honourable and steered away from the outright untruths that many in his party were willing to push. No more. Now that he is in cabinet, that seems to have changed everything. Sad, no? Telling too.
What I'm referring to is this. Moore said in committee that there would be no cuts to the CBC on April 29th. Friends of Canadian Broadcasting were happy to hear that then. Here's what they say now:
"Friends was relieved to hear Minister Moore's promise to the MPs on April 29. Obviously, we're disappointed that he misled the heritage committee," Morrison said.
Misled is far too polite, but that in the end is what the Conservatives have done on practically every single damn file. I cannot for the life of me understand why (investigative or otherwise) journalists don't point this out...as an ongoing theme I mean.
I saw some of this committee meeting today and if I was a Conservative, I'd be hiding out somewhere. That they are comfortable saying what they do in front of cameras, to the nation, is beyond troubling.
Dean del Mastro, literally shouted down witnesses, demanding to know if they felt only the Conservative government had a vendetta against the CBC. He claimed to be a finance guy, then proceeded to manipulate numbers in a fashion that no one could follow and demanded that no one comment on his math, just answer his partisan question.
Thankfully, Scott Simms came after him and brought the real world back, but shortly thereafter Rod Bruinooge, who is generally pretty mild mannered but passive aggressive, imo, unleashed the same line of questioning.
Kudos to the witnesses, the Canadian Media Guild and the Federation of National Communications specifically, who fought back and gave as good as they got.
It's amazing that the dysfunction of parliamentary committees is to the point it is and somehow, it's not being reported on. This is our system of governance for gawd's sake.. This is where the country's biggest and best ideas are supposed to be debated, analysed and direction is meant to be taken.
It's all become a ridiculous farce with the current government. Everything is a game and paranoia seeps through every discussion. There is no thought to the future of this country. It's all about scoring political points now. No real direction, just ideology that they have been waiting years to get out there, by ANY means.
For the record, there was a similar circus going on at the Justice committee today.
Sometimes things are just as they appear. The ridiculous is trumping reason but that apparently isn't important enough to report on. If the Conservatives can trumpet some victory, it surely is that the media and the country have become inured to their