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Did CBC President Mislead Parliament?
At the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women, Hubert Lacroix President and CEO of the CBC misled Parliament when he said CBC does not tolerate discrimination, sexual or otherwise.”
By: NJN Network Ltd
As Lacroix was testifying, CBC lawyers were fighting a Human Rights complaint on Prince Edward Island. His unconditional statement to Parliament (http://www.parl.gc.ca/
In trying to defend the CBC’s record, President Lacroix went overboard, made sweeping statements before Parliament that seem to exonerate CBC of any human rights abuse.
“Let me start with a quote, if I can” said Lacroix, “CBC/
Lacroix said CBC makes “every reasonable effort” to make sure discrimination does not occur and if it does to quickly investigate and settle the matter. Human rights committees within the CBC are located in every region, was Lacroix’s testimony, to speed up the investigation and settlement of human rights discrimination.
“That’s not true,” said Stephen Pate who is the disabled journalist in the Compliant. “In 2012, Daniel Henry CBC’s Senior Legal Counsel, sent me an email acknowledging ’we did receive a complaint from you by fax on October 22, 2009,’”
“Henry sent me two emails where he admitted the complaint and said they were letting the matter take it’s course.”
Lacroix knew, as he made those statements, that 4 of his PEI employees were involved in a case of human rights discrimination and that CBC had paid more than $60,000 in legal fees since 2010 to keep the matter out of the PEI Human Rights Commission.
When the PEI Human Rights Commission decided to convene a human rights panel to hear the issue, CBC jumped the gun and filed a motion in PEI Supreme Court to kill it. CBC Blocks Human Rights Hearing (http://njnnetwork.com/
CBC President Lacroix was responding, in his March 5, 2013 testimony, to media criticism that CBC was a hotbed of human rights abuse and discrimination. The allegations were leveled, supposedly by Sun Media and their CEO Pierre-Karl Peladeau, although NJN Network can’t find them anywhere.
What particularly irritated Hubert Lacroix were the Sun Media journalists (http://news.nationalpost.com/
“After CBC filed their Application for Judicial Review,” said Pate, “I filed a CBC Access to Information and Privacy request for any legal bills CBC had paid to fight human rights issues.”
“CBC sent me redacted copies of 11 invoices marked “Stephen Pate, Human Rights Complaint” from Alan Parish (http://burchells.ca/