After an enviro-hysteria-filled week that saw our big-C Conservative government turn the collective stomach of its small-c conservative base, it looks like we’ve got a Friday night cookie tossed our way. The CBC is now in the hands of an actual business-person! A few months after the former head, Quebecois artiste Guy Fornier, was forced to resign as chairman, Timothy W. Casgrain has been appointed by the Harper government. From tonight’s National Post story:
Casgrain will replace Guy Fournier, who resigned suddenly from the CBC board of directors in September after stirring up controversy over comments he made about bestiality and bowel movements.
Since 1997, Casgrain has served as chairman of Skyservice Investments Inc., a Canadian aviation company. He was also the executive vice-president of Brascan Financial Corp. between 1976 and 2002, and he worked at NBS Technologies as president and chief executive officer between 1988 and 1995.
He holds positions on a number of boards, including president of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Oda described Casgrain as “an avid supporter of arts and culture.”
However, the new chairman’s business credentials did little to win over NDP culture critic Charlie Angus.
“I’d really like to know why him and why not someone who comes out of broadcast,” Angus said.
“I’m surprised we have someone there with no broadcast experience. There’s a lot of major issues that have to be figured out at the CBC.”
The fact that Angus is suprised by this is no surprise. Lefties elevate “people of the arts” to the level of deity; and, by contrast, hold business executives somewhere between American Evangelicals and dog feces on their heirarchy of hatred. They honestly believe that a billion-dollar corporation can be better run by an rectum-obsessed playwright patronage hack than a truly accomplished executive.
Every time the Conservatives look like they’re drifting off-course, they do something like this to provide a breath of fresh air into our catastrophic political environment. They know this is going to rankle the left to no end (which is why the announcement was quietly made under the radar on a Friday afternoon). Hopefully, Mr. Casgrain will breathe some fresh air into the conteptuous morass of the billion-dollar-a-year sinkhole known affectionately in some circles as the “Ceeb”, and in other circles, “Pravda”.