The great annual tradition on New Year’s Eve in Quebec is to watch Bye Bye on the French CBC.
Almost every year since ’68, Radio-Canada has presented sarcastic sketches of the highlights of the year an hour before the year ends. The Bye Bye of 2010 was notorious not only for its strained jokes but for its authors’ blatant use of the show as a platform for their left-leaning biases.
The past year in Quebec was certainly marked by the corruption scandals in the construction industry. However, like J.-Jacques Samson, columnist for Le Journal de Quebec, one asks, “Was there a sketch of Michel Arsenault, leader of the most powerful Quebec union (the FTQ), who — at the peak of the scandal — admitted spending his holidays in the Caribbean on the yacht of a construction entrepreneur?” Or did the writers of Bye Bye take a swipe at Pierre Curzi, the PQ MNA who sees a federalist plot in the recruitment strategies of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team?
Of course not! Leftists and sovereigntists were saved.
Bad right-wing politicians and businessmen were the whipping boys.
Stephen Harper was an easy and big target. Tagged as stupid and naive, he was present in three sketches to praise the pollution of the oilsands, to criminalize abortion, to bash artists and to make Canadians ashamed internationally.
While Liberal MP Denis Coderre was on stage to send the friendly tweets he is famous for, little fun was made of Michael Ignatieff’s intellectualism. Other federal parties were ignored.
The other punching bag du jour was the owner of the paper you are currently reading. I guess his main crime is to own a more popular network in Quebec than Radio-Canada. Or maybe it’s just that, unlike them, he is not dependent on public funds.
As punishment for their crimes, Pierre Karl Peladeau, his wife Julie Snyder and the main TVA shows were laughed at over and over again.
It was also a good opportunity for two of the hosts of Bye Bye to promote themselves — one plugged her TV show and the other his vegetarian recipe book.
Should we be surprised, considering this is French CBC? We should not, but we’re certainly allowed to be outraged considering all this leftist propaganda is paid for by Canadian taxpayers.
We don’t know how many millions this specific show has cost us, since CBC/Radio-Canada is still before the courts challenging its obligation to submit to the access to information act. The fact is, many of us are sick and tired of paying $1.1 billion every year for public broadcasting that is one-sided. It is not the mission of CBC/Radio-Canada to use comedians to tell us how to vote, nor to denigrate private competition.
We should not just take this comedy lightly. More than 2.3 million viewers watched Bye Bye this year in Quebec. It is the most important production of Radio-Canada. It does have an impact.
The best way for our prime minister to prove to Radio-Canada he is not an idiot is by going back to his Reform roots. Remember when he and Preston Manning were making unbelievable speeches reminding us it is more than time to privatize the CBC?
Well, prime minister, the time has more than come to say bye bye to public funding of the CBC/Radio-Canada!