September 06, 2017

BBC publishes journalists’ salaries. Why won’t the CBC?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

The CBC laughably says it’s a “public broadcaster,” owned by all Canadians. That’s not true. It’s owned by the government. It’s a state broadcaster. 

But I’m still on the hook to bail them out every year through $1.5 billion in taxes. So why can’t I find out how much “my” employees are making?

The answer is simple:

They’re a protected class of elites who want disclosure for others, but not themselves. How can you pretend you’re a champion for the down and out and lowly if you’re making millions of dollars a year?

For years, the CBC lied about how much Peter Mansbridge earned, claiming it was just $80,000 a year.

Turns out his base salary was ten times that — $832,080. You’d think a guy would work long hours for that, but he got another $122,000 for “overtime.”

When the CBC said his speaking engagements were a conflict of interest, he wrung out another six figures from them to not do them.

As in, the CBC took taxpayers dollars to pay Peter Mansbridge not to work.

Contrast that to the United Kingdom. Their state broadcaster, the BBC, is bigger and worse than the CBC by every measure.

Its budget is $8 billion Canadian. But they also have a BBC tax, which is £145 pounds per home, or $230. (They even charge blind people — but at least they get 50 per cent off.)

More than 200,000 Brits are prosecuted each year for failing to pay this tax.

But at least the BBC tells you how much they pay some 96 of their government broadcasters, who raked in 25 million pounds amongst them (not counting bonuses and benefits.)

Here in Canada, we’re kept in the dark — and no other journalists, or politicians, dare to speak out against it, for fear of incurring the CBC’s wrath...

TONIGHT'S GUESTS: Immigration lawyer Guidy Mamann on how the repeal of DACA could impact Canada; and Marc Morano from on the non-existent connection between Hurricane Irma and climate change.

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commented 2017-09-08 21:50:52 -0400
Dan Mancuso, thanks for your kind words.
commented 2017-09-08 21:25:21 -0400
TAMMIE PUTINSKI-ZANDBELT commented 2 hours ago…

I wish I had your tact and aplomb in the face of these offensive and toxic, nasty little trolls.
Every once in awhile I don’t take my own advice about ‘not feeding the trolls’, and make emotional, ad hominem attacks…and always regret it afterward for my loss of self control – I know the nasty little trolls love any kind of feedback – such is their particular wretched sickness…
Thank you for showing us a correct propriety.
commented 2017-09-08 19:09:32 -0400
Jack, I’m sure you must realize Ezra and Rebel Media are not aiming to meet your expectations. You are not entitled to the information you demand. This is the point you have missed entirely.

As I have previously posted, the financial graphs etc…are pretty standard at AGM’s worldwide. The information presented on graphs, tables etc… is extrapolated from the monthly accounting of a business and represents a fiscal year.

Jack, when you get financial disclosure from CBC please remember to post it here; so many of us would be very interested in how our tax dollars are being wasted/used. Thanks
commented 2017-09-08 01:42:16 -0400
Jack graphs are used quite often halfwit.
commented 2017-09-08 01:41:44 -0400
Jack Carter who gives a damn what you expected? Who the f*ck are you to dictate the means of the transparency? LOSER!
commented 2017-09-08 01:40:51 -0400
Jack Carter he did that moron, your idea of it is not the same.
commented 2017-09-08 01:21:13 -0400
You don’t get to ask for anything Jack Carter, paid troll.
commented 2017-09-07 23:02:27 -0400
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt,

You are missing the point – Ezra said that he would fully disclosure his financials last month when the backlash happened from all sides.

All I am asking is for him to follow through with his promise for transparency from now on, however he has yet to do that. The graph he posted is bullshit and isn’t the financial paperwork in a PDF format as people were expecting.

Editing your own graph to tell the story you want to tell isn’t transparency or full disclosure. I am sure you are intelligent enough to know that.
commented 2017-09-07 21:11:41 -0400
Why did the cbc bother to spend all that money to keep Peter Mansbridge, seriously many others could have filled his shoes, for a hell of a lot less taxpayer money.
commented 2017-09-07 21:09:29 -0400
Janice,notice there was no denial from troll. What a putz.
commented 2017-09-07 19:30:12 -0400
Jack Carter, I am re-posting in your honour.

TAMMIE PUTINSKI-ZANDBELT commented 15 days ago
I have been to a great number of AGM’s, the financial packet that is distributed to all attendees looks very similar to what was shared by Ezra & Eitan. I was also on a Board of Directors for seven years. We met monthly, and, the financial statements we examined & signed off on were very detailed. We were tasked with ensuring everything was in order, and, there would be no irregularities when the accountant submitted to CRA. Each month, all line items were examined carefully and expenses reviewed. New expenses were voted on, and, procurement of products and services were reviewed as well. Board members; the Executive Director; the accountant and CRA are entitled to ALL financial disclosure. Everyone else received the packet at the AGM with a financial summary for the fiscal year. Not once were we accused of a lack of transparency or allegations of mis-spending.

To the trolls, why aren’t you demanding detailed financial reports from CBC? I am assuming some of you pay taxes and would like to know how your tax dollars are being used/wasted. Once you get your financial disclosure,pass it along to Ezra so he can make it public. Thanks.

For those who are merely curious, understand that you are not entitled to this information.
commented 2017-09-07 14:55:16 -0400
WOW! You weren’t kidding about ‘the change’ after The-Attack-Of-The-Thirty, Ezra!
I hope you will forgive the coarseness of my language, but that was a shit-kickin’ show that took no prisoners!
This is definitely what is desperately needed today – someone with credibility and exposure to step up and say what damn-well needs to be said – like, the truth! Do not hold back, fuck the lawsuits and the pantywaist whiners, tell it like it is and damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead! Right is right.
Let’s all step up and call a spade a spade and take back from those lefty-usurpers what is ours – CANADA!
Yee Haw! Let the revolution begin!

I was going to – yet again – self-censor and erase this comment before hitting the POST YOUR COMMENT button…but I thought, what the hell, if they’re going to come after me retroactively for writing words, I’m already fucked, so I may as well just say it…sedition? Pffft! with an Italian salute!
commented 2017-09-07 12:40:10 -0400

I realize you will give Ezra a pass on everything. He said last month that he would provide full transparency regarding the donations and The Rebel’s financials for everyone to see – supporters, haters, the media, etc. The link he provided with the graph does not do that in any capacity.

As for Peter Mansbridge – people in high media positions get paid very well. That’s just the reality of the industry and the pay scale.

CTV, Global and other networks would have been more than happy to steal Mansbridge from the CBC, so they paid him well to ensure that he stayed at the CBC.
commented 2017-09-07 12:28:51 -0400
Ben Shapiro explains the quagmire Trump is in with respect to DACA
“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” – President Ronald Reagan
commented 2017-09-07 11:49:28 -0400
- The CBC needs to be defunded. They don’t represent Canadians, they represent the loony left. Given their ratings & view counts it’s clear hat few even watch them.

- DACA was unconstitutional. As Trump cleans his house the Trudeau Liberals dirty our house. They’re globalist puppets & could care less about the Canadian people. The mainstream media is their globalist propaganda arm.

- There were natural disasters before industrialization but a greater percentage of the people caught in them were killed. The endless hysteria from the climate cult is undermining their credibility (what little is left of it).
commented 2017-09-07 11:32:27 -0400
Liza Rosie commented 13 mins ago, "I am already looking at exit strategies for assets and family. Canada is in big trouble. "

We have friends who relocated to Ecuador five years ago and they say they’ll never come back here. There’s a very large ex-pat Canadian community, among others in Ecuado that enjoys great healthcare and just about anything else one needs. The government has been popular and very stable for many years.
commented 2017-09-07 11:11:11 -0400
Pancake Rachel Corrie, I never thought I would say this but I think it is already too late. The entire House is corrupt and poisoned except for a few holdout mp’s and they are being dumped one by one. I am already looking at exit strategies for assets and family. Canada is in big trouble.
commented 2017-09-07 11:07:39 -0400
I don’t go there Janice. Not giving him any hits.
commented 2017-09-07 11:03:07 -0400
Unles an anti government party is formed that can unify small government forces in the country ….socialism will eventally impoverish canada
commented 2017-09-07 10:44:17 -0400
Very possibly Janice. He hasn’t been here from the beginning because he enjoys debate. He has agenda to make the Rebel look bad, but succeeds in making himself look pathetic. Canada land is obsessed with Ezra as the google results for them will attest. Jesse Brown has a huge inferiority complex.
commented 2017-09-07 10:17:39 -0400
Liza Rosie commented 11 hours ago, “Jack Carter paid troll, what bloody business is it of yours, you don’t contribute to the Rebel, push off.”

I’m wondering if “Jack Carter” is one of the CANADALAND bunch. They run a rather amateurish site that they started just before Ezra started The Rebel. They have about 24,000 followers on their Twitter Page while Ezra has 117,000 on his. There’s been bad blood between them for some time with the result that Ezra banned them from one of this public functions. For more than a week after “Charlottesville”, they obsessed about The Rebel, about Faith, about Gavin. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. So, it would make sense, now that things have settled down and The Rebel is on another path, they’re over here, keeping up their obsessive behavior.
commented 2017-09-07 10:16:02 -0400
Pretty disappointed in the Donald.
If we want to live in a democracy where laws are more powerful than men….
and now Trump has given it over to congress and I’ll bet they will change the law to accommodate Daca. Not happy about this.
Tucker says no body was talking like this ten years ago.
I reject this whole immigration agenda in it’s entirety.
commented 2017-09-07 09:51:07 -0400
Good article Ron Voss, in it is suggested a solution which actually makes some sense and leaves the emotional warfare out of it. Less emote more logic would be refreshing.I am tired of being told I must have empathy. Not really in the mood these days, who could wonder why? A country with no respect for it’s borders or laws is not much of a country and will be left vulnerable to every imaginable abuse by every imaginable opportunist.

" Yes, our hearts go out to these young people, but if they must go, they won’t go empty-handed. Most, will go home with a first-class education and many with a command of the English language, which is a highly marketable skill in their home countries.

Also, they will have an incentive to apply to re-enter our country legally. Why not make a deal to give these young people priority in the immigration process?"

As Trump said when he was campaigning, “we will work with them but they gotta go”.

Canadian Mongrel, fair enough, maybe a bit too much credit given, but regarding accepting ANY of the illegals coming in from the U.S. some tough talk and measures sure would be welcome.
commented 2017-09-07 09:38:36 -0400
Interesting comments about Mr. Mamann.

I think from all his comments on Rebel and from his guest columns in PostMedia, that he has one single and consistent theme. Canada has to clean up the immigration mess it already has before importing the mess of other countries.

For example, an equivalent issue was the WWII war brides and their children, where the children were not considered citizens nor were the brides due to the poor 1947 immigration act of the then Liberal government. I don’t think this has been cleaned up yet.

Another clean-up needed is the issue of families of landed immigrants and new citizens who are not yet in country and want to enter legally. These should be dealt with before opening the system to illegal economic migrants.

I think this is all he is saying, but I could be wrong.
commented 2017-09-07 09:22:12 -0400
I agree, Canadian Mongrel, all three.
commented 2017-09-07 09:20:39 -0400
Jack Carter said, " Why don’t you release your financials – including donations. The link you provided was a complete joke. We want to see full paperwork – not edited graphs.’

First off, Jack, welcome back. I love to read you horse rubbish comments!

Second, you are comparing a private company to a public corporation. No comparison. And you know, I think you are smart enough to know that Ezra does not have to reveal how he spends the crowd funding money he raises.

Third, you imply that the graph Ezra provided is not representing the actual numbers but is falsified.

Do you have any evidence that the numbers provided are false?

Lastly, why are you in defense of the CBC not providing disclosure?
commented 2017-09-07 09:19:14 -0400
It is interesting to see two commenters admit below that they do not watch the videos they comment upon. This has always been obvious because there is always a disconnect between their comments and the videos.

Three possible reasons for this. They do not have the attention span of a kitten, so cannot focus for 5 minutes, they are too lazy to read past the headline before commenting, or they are just trolls who want to blither for the sake of blithering. I guess another possibility is all three, which is the theory I adhere to.

But they at least openly admit they comment without knowledge. I guess that is something.
commented 2017-09-07 09:18:25 -0400
LIZA ROSIE, some good pouts, “Giddy is just a bit too generous and welcoming in my opinion, sorry but he sort of has a vested interest being an immigration lawyer…This is sick social engineering….Guidy is normalizing what I do not want to be normal….If coming in as an illegal is not frowned upon it will be a recurring situation. Making it easier for them will invite more abuse.”
As pointed out in this article, “No honks for DACA”, “most Americans understand that if you reward bad behavior – in this case breaking into the country illegally – you get more of it. Polls show Americans are sympathetic to the plight of these young people. We are a compassionate country. However, these polls are carefully worded in such a way as to tug at the heart strings, with no downside to consider.
Frankly, I would like to see a poll on what Americans think about simply breaking in line. Also, give me a poll that asks this question: “If someone breaks into your home, should they be allowed to stay, and should you be held responsible for supporting these home invaders for the rest of their natural lives? Isn’t that what we are really talking about here?”