Cuts to Radio-Canada Enquête program budget

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Cuts to Radio-Canada Enquête program budget

Enquête has more than paid off for itself with its many revelations - not only those that lead to the Charbonneau Commission. This is a disgrace.

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More on this scandalous cut from Mary Soderstrom's blog, Recreating Eden:

And from MNA Amir Khadir, on behalf of Québec solidaire:


It really is disgusting.

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Two star witnesses at Quebec's inquiry into corruption in the construction industry are denouncing cuts to Radio-Canada's award-winning investigative journalism program, Enquête. [...]

Enquête first named former construction boss Lino Zambito in a story on his alleged role in construction industry corruption. 

The star witness early in the proceedings at the Charbonneau Commission shocked the province with tales of bribes, corruption and illegal political financing.

Zambito is now facing fraud charges.  However, he said he's not bitter about Enquête's role in his downfall.

"I hope they continue doing that work. I know that with less staff it's more difficult, but I'm very surprised that CBC-Radio/Canada is cutting in their budgets," said Zambito. [...]

Ken Pereira was another star witness at the Charbonneau Commission, whose testimony exposed links between the Hells Angels and the Quebec Labour Federation.

Like Zambito, Pereira's story first appeared on Enquête.

"It's investigative reporting at its best. Without Enquête, I guarantee you there's no public inquiry in Quebec," said Pereira. [...]

The political party Québec solidaire also released a statement criticizing the Conservative federal government for forcing cuts on Radio-Canada/CBC, saying downsizing the investigative journalism program is a blow to good governance.

"The Harper government claims savings by cutting the budgets… In fact, Enquête alone has saved tens of millions of dollars by uncovering corruption schemes,” wrote MNA Amir Khadir.