"CBC-TV has postponed the broadcast of Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, a two-part miniseries about the late politician, regarded as the father of Canadian medicare, until after the election.
CBC spokesperson Ruth-Ellen Soles says the decision to postpone the show was made by the CBC to ensure balance and fairness.
"Our goal in any of our election coverage is, of course, to be able to be as fair and balanced as we possibly can, and we work very hard at that. And we were concerned that there would be a perception of partisanship if it ran during the campaign,' she said."
Ok, so then how was it "fair and balanced" to pull that program and yet broadcast the following :
MEDICARE SCHMEDICARE Thursday December 8 at 9pm on CBC-TVrepeating Monday December 12 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld
"Is one tier Medicare a myth? Have we been saluting its founder, the 'Greatest Canadian' Tommy Douglas as an emperor who really has no clothes? As the country heads toward an election in which our health care system promises to be an emotional issue, Medicare Schmedicare
takes the highly unorthodox stance that two tier health care is already here and thriving."
Both quotes above are from the naked-as-a-jaybird-and-flapping-in-the-breeze SchmeeBC website. Go kick some ass here. Or phone toll-free: 1-866-306-4636
UPDATE :John Doyle really kicks some ass in the Globe and Mail and reports that the rest of us have been too.