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CBC gives MP Trost the finger in skit mocking his defense of natural marriage

Life and family leaders say the satirical attack by the publicly funded network is 'a despicable abuse of taxpayer dollars.'
Thu Oct 13, 2016 - 3:38 pm EST
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Susan Kent of the CBC's "This Hour Has 22 Minutes' belittles MP Brad Trost.

TORONTO, October 13, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The CBC’s political satire This Hour Has 22 Minutes attacked Conservative leadership hopeful Saskatchewan MP Brad Trost’s social conservative views in a skit that critics say once again reveals the publicly funded broadcaster’s ultra-liberal bias — and also its mean streak.

“I like my satire, but that skit wasn’t satire,” said Jack Fonseca, political strategist for Campaign Life Coalition, who described the commentary as “a despicable abuse of taxpayer dollars” as well as a “vitriolic attack on socially conservative Canadians” that he believes was “motivated by the CBC’s pure hatred of their beliefs.”

“We need to recognize that those remarks were not just disparaging of MP Brad Trost but of all Canadians who hold a traditionally-principled world view,” Fonseca told LifeSiteNews in an email.

REAL Women vice president Gwen Landolt agreed, noting the skit was “just a continuation of these mean-spirited attacks on social conservatives even though [the CBC’s] existence is based on the taxpayers, many of whom are social conservatives.”

The employees of the public broadcaster are “just following their usual course, attacking anybody who’s a social conservative, trying to demean them in the public eye so they have no credibility,” Landolt said.

In the same three-minute commentary, Susan Kent of the comedy troupe mocked, among other things, Trost’s appearance at an Ontario anti-sex-ed rally, noting that “200 angry parents” at the September 21 event (the Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmington reported 500) “don’t want their kids to be taught about masturbation,’cause when are they going to use that in real life?”

Shrugged Kent: “You’d think someone who is anti-abortion would be pro-masturbation; that doesn’t make sense.”

But most of her time was spent skewering Trost’s already much-maligned Facebook ad promoting natural marriage, which features two fingers held up together, one inked to resemble a man, the other a woman, a painted heart joining them, and the words: “Marriage is the union of one man one woman.”

Kent claimed that the purpose for marriage in the past was, in fact, to create alliances between families. “It had nothing to do with God. Families would force their kids to marry without the kids having any say, creating, I would think, a lot of angry fingers.”

She added: “This idea of a loving union between opposite sexes is — you might want to plug your ears here, Milk-Trost — progress. And the stinking thing about progress, Mr. Trost, is that it keeps evolving to include gay fingers.”

After further such observations, Kent concluded with “We see your two fingers, Mr. Trost, and we’d like to raise you just one.”

Trost, whom CLC supports for leadership, told CTV’s Evan Solomon that as a Conservative prime minister, he would enact pro-life legislation that is currently CPC policy.

The CPC’s 2016 policy declaration condemns sex-selection abortion and supports unborn victims of crime legislation. (Conservative MP Diane Wagantall’s private member’s bill, Cassie and Mollie’s Law, is such a law, and is set to be debated in the House later this month.)  

Trost also stated he would like to reopen the debate on the definition of marriage, and would vote to support redefining marriage as between one man and one woman.

He pointed out that the state discriminates against supporters of natural marriage and against parents’ rights as primary educators — notions that CBC’s 22 Minutes ridiculed as “ironic” — presumably because Trost was trashed as “discriminatory” after he released his Facebook ad.

But Fonseca concurs that “people of faith” face “increasingly venomous attitudes of cultural elites in media, academia and law” — the 22 Minutes skit a case in point.

And “we know from history that these attitudes will ultimately lead to outright persecution of traditionally-principled Canadians, and in fact, we’re seeing it already in Canada.”

The 22 Minutes skit should motivate “conservative and religious Canadians to push back against the CBC,” observed Fonseca, adding that one way to do so is to support Trost’s bid for leadership of the Conservative Party.

Added Fonseca: “What better way to show the CBC elites that your values are legitimate Canadian values than by electing a party leader who’s proud to share them with you?”

According to CBC Audience Relations, the show's producers are Edward Kay and Gerald Lunz, who is the homosexual partner of comedian and former 22 Minutes cast member Rick Mercer.

To join the CPC to support Trost in the May 2017 leadership vote, go here.

See the 22 Minutes skit here. Those who wish to contact CBC to express concerns can call the CBC Audience Relations at 1-866-306-4636, or send a message here: http://www.cbc.radio-canada.ca/en/contact-us/


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