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The Hon. Larry W. Campbell, M.B.A. One of Vancouver’s best-known and most admired citizens, Senator Larry W. Campbell served as mayor from 2002-2005 after a distinguished and high profile career primarily in law enforcement and death investigation. Since August 2, 2005, he has represented the province of British Columbia for the Senate.

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Statement made on 25 March 2009 by Senator Marie-P. Charette-Poulin

Hon. Marie-P. Poulin:

Honourable senators, today is a very sad day for public broadcasting and for all Canadians, from one end of the country to the other. At 12:45 p.m., we learned that some 800 employees of CBC/Radio-Canada will be laid off because of a drop in advertising revenue.

These layoffs are a blot on our reputation as a steward of the public broadcaster since it was made a Crown corporation in 1936. As a former CBC/Radio-Canada producer and a former vice-president of the corporation, I am concerned about its steadily diminishing ability to fulfil its mandate under Canada's Broadcasting Act. One of the many consequences of this declining ability is increased dependence on advertising revenues.

This reduced capacity and dependence on external sources of revenue not only constitute interference in the private broadcasting sector because of increased competition for advertising revenue, they violate the fundamental principle underlying public broadcasting around the world.

Honourable senators, CBC/Radio-Canada deserves consistent, stable funding to meet its obligations as a public broadcaster. It offers a public service in both official languages and several Aboriginal languages through radio, television and the Internet. Every community in this country — be it Gaspé, Dieppe, the Greater Toronto Area, Winnipeg or Richmond, British Columbia — deserves access to the national broadcasters, in both languages, and they deserve to be seen and heard.

Honourable senators, as members of the chamber of sober second thought, we must take a stand together in the best interests of Canadians and of every region of this country.

Recent Statements from Liberal Senators

Business of the Senate

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Joan Fraser | Colleagues, I'm rising to speak on behalf of my leader, the Leader of the Opposition, Senator Cowan, who had to be in Halifax tonight on public business. I must tell you that when I called him to say we were going to be adjourning for the summer tonight, he was, I could tell, quite irritated, not because he wanted us all to go on working like galley slaves but because he had already written a speech that he wanted to give tomorrow morning.

Lighthouses as Irreplaceable Symbols of Maritime Heritage—Inquiry

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Jim Munson | Thank you, Your Honour, and my apologies to Senator Champagne.

Unequal Access to Justice—Inquiry

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Joan Fraser | Colleagues, I know that Senator Jaffer was preparing to close this debate but, before she did that, I just had to say how terribly important the subject she has raised is.

The Senate—Promoting and Defending Causes that Concern the Public Interest—Inquiry

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Jim Munson | Honourable senators, I am looking for a bit of love and empathy at this late hour because I do have a speech, but you have to understand that, in the interest of having dignified departures for our five senators this week, I gave up my time to make sure that we were able to celebrate the departures of Senator Buth, Senator Segal, Senator Callbeck, Senator Dallaire and Senator Champagne.

Study on Status of Canada's International Security and Defence Relations

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Grant Mitchell | So, you thought you weren't going to hear from me? Well, I fooled you! So there! I rise in support of this report by the Defence Committee recommending that Canada become involved in ballistic missile defence with NORAD. I congratulate Senator Lang and other members of the committee for what I think was great collaborative work, completely non-partisan, very extensive and detailed with intense research.
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