Should the CBC consider selling off some of its assets and turn to Americans to weather the financial shitstorm? Whoa, whoa, whoa. Slow down, people. Isn’t it a little early for the desperate measure of prostitution? I mean, it might seem like easy money to sell your assets on the street to Americans, but those people are almost as kinky as the Japanese and will make you work for the buck-fiddy each time.
Lacroix refused to delve into specifics, noting the drastic step was just one option as the corporation struggles with a financial crisis expected to plunge the CBC into the red next year.
In his speech, Lacroix said he has requested a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to ask for greater financial flexibility that would permit the Crown corporation to sell some assets. He’s also seeking immediate access to the next fiscal year’s funding for the CBC.
Lacroix stressed that he’s not asking for any cash beyond the $1 billion in public funds the CBC already gets annually.
“We are not begging for more money,” he told the assembled crowd. “We are simply trying to manage ourselves out of this mess, and to do that we have asked government to help us with some financial flexibility.”
So far, the federal Tories have appeared cool to the requests.
On Wednesday, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said the broadcaster already receives significant public funds.
Lacroix said Thursday that without financial help, CBC’s TV programming would likely take new shape. For one thing, he’d consider increasing the number of American shows on the channel.
Bing. And so another nail is driven in to whatever the hell it means to be Canadian.