Mr. Speaker, the Scully affair is resurfacing today, despite that fact that certain people have been doing everything in their power for the past year to bury it.
Let us remember the facts: the program called Le Canada du millénaire and the heritage minutes for which former journalist Robert Guy Scully was either co-producer or co-creative director served as vehicles of federal propaganda.
In fact, Mr. Scully's production house, BCE Média, as well as the CRB Foundation served as fronts for the federal government to secretly channel funds from the Canada Information Office and Canadian Heritage to pay for these pseudo information programs.
The response from the CBC's ombudsman partially vindicates the complaint lodged by the Communications Union of Radio-Canada, by recommending that in the future, there be a requirement for all of the funding for information programs to be made public.
This is only a small victory in the battle against federal propaganda, since the Canada Information Office will have an annual budget of between $30 million and $60 million dollars over the next three years.
The Bloc Quebecois—