So CBC ran Justin Trudeau's latest ad during the broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night.
Nothing wrong with that, right?
Flashback to 2009
"OTTAWA, June 4 (UPI) -- Canada's
cash-strapped public broadcaster is refusing to run the Conservative
party's attack ads on the leader of the Liberal party.
The ads that accuse Michael Ignatieff
of "just visiting" Canada after 34 years out of the country are airing
on all other networks in the country, but the Canadian Broadcasting
Corp. declined, saying it contravened a longstanding policy, the Canwest
News Service reported.
CBC spokesman Jeff Keay said the refusal wasn't a political statement.
"We'll only accept political advertising like that when there is an
election campaign on," he told Canwest. "We have generally pretty strict
guidelines." (highlighting mine)
Federal broadcast law stipulates all broadcasters must allocate time
for political campaigning and advertising, but only after an election
has been called, the report said.
Ignatieff said earlier in the week he didn't want to bring the Conservative minority government down with a non-confidence vote any time soon, but that he was under mounting pressure from fellow Liberals."
So when is a 'long standing policy" at the CBC not really a long standing policy?
When it involves Justin Trudeau.
Way to go CBC!
Update: As noted in the comments. A great way to voice your concern/displeasure/etc is to email the cbc ombudsman. It does work as this 2010 example: http://thealbertaardvark.blogspot.ca/2011/04/albertaardvark-1-cbc-0-scott-reid-and.html shows. It was with a different Ombudsman, but oddly enough the current Ombudsman, Esther Enkin, makes an appearance.
h/t Kate from SDA.