December 23, 2015

UPDATE: "We’ve followed up with Mr. Penner to review his obligations as a freelancer for CBC"

Dean SkoreykoRebel Blogger

Earlier this week, I told you about a couple of troubling (some might say threatening) anti-Harper tweets made by CBC gardening columnist Lyndon Penner.

I can now report that a reader filed a complaint to CBC about these tweets and received this response:

Thank you for your email of December 20th to the CBC Ombudsman raising concerns about social media comments made by our gardening columnist, Lyndon Penner. As I am responsible for CBC Saskatchewan, Jennifer McGuire has asked me to reply.

In particular you referenced a tweet from August 19th that stated:

“When Stephen Harper dies, I’m having a cake made and hosting a party.”

You’re right, of course, that this tweet is problematic, and risks compromising public perception of the CBC’s integrity. So let me tell you what happened, and what we’re doing now.

First, understand that Mr. Penner is not an employee. He is a freelancer who provides content for programs in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. When he is on our airwaves he discusses gardening, not politics or other social issues. So he simply didn’t realize that expressing his personal opinions would have an impact on the CBC, which is essentially a client of his.

Today, he understands that very well. We’ve followed up with Mr. Penner to review his obligations as a freelancer for CBC. I don’t anticipate this being a recurring issue.

Thanks again for your email. I hope my reply has reassured you about the integrity of CBC News and Centres.

It is also my responsibility to inform you that if you are not satisfied with this response, you may wish to submit the matter for review by the CBC Ombudsman, Esther Enkin. The Office of the Ombudsman – an independent and impartial body reporting directly to the President – is responsible for evaluating program compliance with the CBC’s journalistic policies. Ms. Enkin may be reached by mail at Box 500, Terminal A, Toronto, Ontario M5W1E6, or by fax at

(416) 205-2825, or by e-mail at

John Bertrand
Senior Managing Director
Prairie/ North Region


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commented 2015-12-30 13:46:48 -0500
Integrity? At the State Broadcaster, that’s hilarious. Only the most devoted Prog would be stupid enough to believe that.
commented 2015-12-29 01:58:11 -0500

No, it’s not. Plus he got his job back.
commented 2015-12-27 13:29:43 -0500
Ahhh Lefty’s, the violent stupid half of society! So glad they expose themselves in this manner.
Remember that guy that guy that got fired from Hydro One for his lude comment to a female reporter? Isn’t this equally bad? Sure it is. He’s to be fired!!
commented 2015-12-27 03:14:25 -0500
Esther Enkin is the CBC’s ‘independent’ ombudsman, reporting directly to Hubert T. Lacroix. She will say and do whatever Lacroix expects of her.
Sell the CBC. Failing to get beyond talk on divesting itself of the CBC was a serious omission of the Harper government.
commented 2015-12-26 23:11:46 -0500

Who isn’t biased? CBC is no different than any other media source.
commented 2015-12-26 00:47:43 -0500
If this were said about Trudeau, his contract would have been cancelled! We all know that, the CBC knows that, and this response is merely confirmation that the rot runs deep and wide in the CBC. When even their “ombudsman” becomes nothing more than a spin doctor and apologist for the CBC, you know it’s long past time to abolish that snake pit of socialism.
commented 2015-12-25 23:44:26 -0500
Michael Mann they take tax money loser, they damn well better listen, glad to see you admit they are biased and don’t care about any others opinion. Michael you need to get a life instead of leeching off of others like a progressive.
commented 2015-12-24 20:35:55 -0500
Translation – I am humoring you and don’t really give a shit. Can you please stop sending me your complaint letters every week. Get a life.
commented 2015-12-24 11:22:32 -0500
CBC – Integrity?
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
commented 2015-12-24 09:21:42 -0500
It is always interesting to see that liberals must proselytize at every opportunity. They seem to be unable to disconnect their political beliefs from their real life world, which seems to indicate a type of schizophrenia, supporting the contention that ‘liberalism’ is a mental disorder.
commented 2015-12-23 19:38:53 -0500
H8rs gotta H8
commented 2015-12-23 19:00:55 -0500
Yeah you tell ’em Ombudsman, keep your seathing lefty hatreds to yourself, express it as snide innuendo and problem solved
commented 2015-12-23 18:04:10 -0500
Wayne you are free to donate a good portion of your paycheck at tax time and specify it is for a full-time gardening consultant with a political slant so you can get your queues on how to think. If you morons actually had to pay for your utter stupidity then maybe you would graduate to a normal human being instead of a useful dupe.
commented 2015-12-23 15:43:06 -0500
Dark days ahead for Canadians who didn’t vote for Mr Stupid and the Liberal party.
commented 2015-12-23 14:29:53 -0500
CBC should just broadcast the original Indian Head test pattern from the early days of TV. Far more informative and relevant than watching Peter Mansbridge . It isn’t hard to see why the country is going down the tubes with the Liberals when you find out guys like this Penner are filling college age students with his vile viewpoints.
commented 2015-12-23 14:18:23 -0500
CBC is bizarre… last night they had a ‘program’ on the dangerous task of harvesting goose neck barnacles by First Nations, on the Pacific Coast (seriously), and they somehow found a way to incorporate an anti-Harper theme and cheer-lead for young trudeau.
commented 2015-12-23 13:53:46 -0500
What CBC interity is he referring to? They have no integrity.
As a hire Of CBC they are respinsible for his comments and behavior.
commented 2015-12-23 13:45:59 -0500
commented 2015-12-23 13:37:59 -0500
sell the CBC.
commented 2015-12-23 13:30:24 -0500
Lyndon Penner is a horticulturalist with Plantation Garden Centre in Calgary. He also teaches at Oldes College, The Calgary Zoo and the University of Saskatchewan.

So Dean, see if Oldes College, The Calgary Zoo and the University of Saskatchewan have some integrity.
commented 2015-12-23 13:30:17 -0500
Wayne, saying that the CBC doesn’t have enough money to … (insert name of anti-Harper project here) is probably the wrong thing to say on any forum on this website. The CBC has enough money. As long as there’s taxpayers and a Liberal is in office in Ottawa, the CBC will always have enough money.
commented 2015-12-23 13:18:07 -0500
Again folks, this Penner guy doesn’t work for CBC, he’s a freelancer. This is a win for you troglodytes, CBC doesn’t have enough money to pay him as a full-time employee. But if you’re really all fired up about the anti-Harper slant of gardening journalism in Saskatchewan, have fun with that.
commented 2015-12-23 12:52:39 -0500
I’ve been looking for integrity from the media for years. Still waiting.
commented 2015-12-23 12:33:13 -0500
cmon its cbc ..they tout esther enkin as being the epitome of integrity…. imagine a jew being a front for anti semitism….she is..
commented 2015-12-23 12:22:50 -0500
first off, Mr. Acuuna is a freelancer and does not work for the cbc so you can be sure he is sincere when he says," cbc can take a fly-f-off a cliff".
commented 2015-12-23 12:21:26 -0500
When this story was first reported, I wrote that the CBC’s response will be that it had a talk with him, and that would be the extent of its actions. I guess I was right.

As for the CBC Ombudsman, about twenty-five years ago I wrote to the then Ombudsman, received an acknowledgement, and I’m still waiting for the reply. Good thing I didn’t hold my breath.

Seriously, close down the CBC, then sell the CBC. Its no longer a “national treasure”.
commented 2015-12-23 11:58:34 -0500
Interesting. So I guess the CBC didn’t have a problem with the douche bag who said FHRITP at the Toronto FC game to one of there reporters.
commented 2015-12-23 11:27:06 -0500
The UN’s long nosed terrorists continue to stick their noses where they don’t belong. Canada needs to kick the UN fools to the curb. But we know our new dictator won’t go for that because he sold his butt to the UN, and thinks Canadians are going to pay for it.
commented 2015-12-23 11:24:37 -0500
Ooops! Sorry! Wrong article.
commented 2015-12-23 11:23:24 -0500
Here are photos from of the missing and murdered aboriginal women. According to CBC, the UN requested an inquiry: