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Terry Mercer

The Hon. Terry M. Mercer, D.C.L, B.A., C.F.R.E. Appointed to the Senate by the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien in November 2003, Senator Terry M. Mercer represents the province of Nova Scotia and the Senatorial Division of Northend Halifax.

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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

First Nations Control of First Nations Education Bill

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Lillian Eva Dyck | Honourable senators, I would like to say a few words about this motion. I am definitely in support of it. The idea of a First Nations education act is critically important to the welfare of First Nations across Canada, and especially to our young people.

Income Inequality

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette | What does the government intend to do to learn from the financial crisis, reduce wealth inequality, and follow the lead of other jurisdictions that have started to rein in compensation that has nothing to do with the productivity of the people who earn the average salary of a Canadian in half a day?

Broadcast of Senate Proceedings

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Grant Mitchelll | What is the leader's personal opinion about televising the Senate?

National Pharmacare

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Art Eggleton | That was supported unanimously in the Senate, so I take it, senator, that you would be willing to now advance this idea to the government.

National Pharmacare

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator James Cowan | My question is: Will this government put National Pharmacare on the agenda?
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