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Harper government gives itself added control over the CBC

Part of the federal government’s latest budget bill would give Cabinet increased control over the CBC and three other Crown corporations for culture and research.

According to an article in the Hill Times, the bill would affect collective bargaining agreements for CBC, the International Development Research Centre, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

The amendments in the bill would require the crown corporations to ask the treasury board committee for approval of collective bargaining agreements. The committee is composed of members of Stephen Harper’s Cabinet.

The crown corporations could also be required to ask for the treasury board committee’s approval for the terms and conditions of employment for non-unionized workers.

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