Rosemary Barton & CBC Are Fighting Conservatives In Court During Election Campaign

Apparently, the Conservatives are facing a demand that they declare they violated Barton’s “moral rights.”

In a move that will surely cause immense partisan rage and will only deepen the perception that CBC and Rosemary Barton are totally biased against the Conservatives, Barton (who moderated a leaders debate) and the CBC are taking the Conservatives to court, even as the election campaign is ongoing.

According to a Globe & Mail report (paywalled), Barton and the CBC say the Conservatives included CBC material – including material from a panel being hosted by Barton – and that is somehow against CBCs view of the rules.

Even though the Conservatives removed the material, CBC is still fighting the Conservatives in court, and demanding the Conservatives say they “violated Barton’s moral rights.”

That’s total garbage.

This is obscene bias and election interference, and any thin pretense CBC may have once had of working for Canadians has been destroyed.

This is a disgrace, this is an outrage.

The Conservatives have responded to this disturbing, biased, and anti-democratic move by CBC. Here is their statement in full:

“Yesterday the Conservative Party received notice from lawyers representing the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) informing us they would be suing over the use of news clips in a Conservative Party social media video.

The Conservative Party has grave concern that this decision was made on the eve of an election that CBC is to be covering fairly and objectively. The Conservative Party considers this a complete distraction in the final days of a tightly contested election, and we will dispute this lawsuit fully.

The video in question was removed from our platforms well before CBC lawyers made the decision to file their lawsuit.

The 17 seconds of CBC clips in the video included Andrew Coyne highlighting how Justin Trudeau broke the law, Justin Trudeau telling a Canadian war veteran that he is “asking for more than we can give right now”, and one CBC reporter questioning why the Liberals provided Loblaws with $12 million in tax dollars to install new refrigerators.

CBC is a taxpayer-funded entity, tasked with covering this election fairly and objectively. Canadians pay the funding CBC receives. Canadians pay the salaries for those employed at CBC. Simply, Canadians own CBC.

When you are funded entirely by taxpayer dollars, taxpayers should be able to use the footage.

The Copyright Act provides for fair dealing.

Elections Canada provided further clarification on a September 11th posting to their website, namely:

Question 35. Can a political ad contain a “news clip” without the approval of the broadcaster?
Answer: Prior to the election period, broadcasters can decline to run a political ad on any grounds they choose, provided they treat all parties on an equitable basis. However, during the election period, they are not entitled to decline an ad unless the broadcast would be in contravention of the law. If a news clip is relatively short and is not a substantial part of the audiovisual work from which it was taken, the broadcast of the news clip in a political ad would not infringe the copyright of the owner of the audiovisual work and would not require the permission of that owner to be broadcast.

Instead, CBC is using taxpayer dollars to sue a major political party ten days before a national election in this country.”

This is a very dangerous and disturbing turn for Canada’s election, and all Canadians – regardless of our position on the political spectrum – should be disturbed by it.

Spencer Fernando

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Canada is going to to be renamed Bazarro Land. Just when I think things can not get more insane, they do.
These are the people that brag about how intelligent they are, right. This liberal cult will do anything for money at our expense.

R Welgush

What else can you expect from the Liberals propaganda machine. CBC should be put up for sale and any public funding stopped. This is more than disgusting, interfering in an election

Nolan Diamond

Too many lefties, love the trash CBC broadcast’s & of coarse vote Liberal to keep the trash funded.

Ron Shaw

One more nail in the defund CBC coffin . These guys are masters at fake news and should be sent packing , just a total waste of taxpayers dollars .

pancake rachel corrie

Moral rights? What about canadians traditional moral rights? Which have been dismissed as not progressive enough for 55 years?


All the more reason to defund the CBC and close its doors. Save millions of tax payers dollars as it has for years been a Liberal rag.


I believe it is over a billion that has been given to CBC. Please correct me if I am not right.


CBC = Canadian Brainwashing Corruporation


It’s called “fair usage” under the copyright act, the other political parties are allowed to do the same, it’s a nuisance law suit, and the CBC lawyers should know better.


Their lawyers are Liberal Party operatives also…didn’t you know? the law doesn’t apply to Liberals.


They are suing over 17 SECONDS of news clips? That’s insane. By the way, CTV is just as bad for left wing bias.

Valerie Joyce

Aside from exposing their massive bias, it really makes the CBC look petty and cheesy.


The ad is showing up on Facebook and twitter. It features clips from CTV, Global and City news. They arent suing. It’s a good ad with devastating clips featuring PM Blackface.

Joseph Scully

Canadians should take the CBC to court and try to get their money back.

Joseph Scully

The Liberal spin machine guised as a legitimate media outlet known as the CBC must be completely defunded. It is a tremendous waste of taxpayers’ money. It is biased, elitist and has long ago abandoned the basic ethics of professional journalism. Sadly, Rosemary Barton would be out of a job, but the circus probably has room for more than one bearded woman.


Barton is simply a nodding head “host” that reads what is given to her on the screen. What doe she have to do with lawsuits or the running of the CBC? This is an illegal political move by Trudeau, using the CBC to attack democracy. The CBC exists only due to the $1.5 billion welfare cheque given by Trudeau, taken from all Canadians.