CBC columnist states he will have a “party when Harper dies”

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You run across a lot of Lefty crazies on Twitter who wish Conservatives harm or call Stephen Harper, Adolf Hitler but you certainly don’t expect something this insane from a CBC columnist:

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Lyndon Penner is a gardening columnist for CBC News Saskatchewan and that he still has his job after sending out this tweet is stunning.

I will be filing a complaint with the CBC Ombudsman and will update with the response.

Update: Another nasty tweet by Penner has surfaced:

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h/t @OneoftheBrendas

Update: I am posting this response received from the CBC with permission from the person who filed the complaint but have been asked to keep their name from being published:

Hello **********;

Thank you for your email of December 20th to the CBC Ombudsman raising concerns about social media comments made by our gardening columnist, Lyndon Penner. As I am responsible for CBC Saskatchewan, Jennifer McGuire has asked me to reply.

In particular you referenced a tweet from August 19th that stated:

“When Stephen Harper dies, I’m having a cake made and hosting a party.”

You’re right, of course, that this tweet is problematic, and risks compromising public perception of the CBC’s integrity. So let me tell you what happened, and what we’re doing now.

First, understand that Mr. Penner is not an employee. He is a freelancer who provides content for programs in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. When he is on our airwaves he discusses gardening, not politics or other social issues. So he simply didn’t realize that expressing his personal opinions would have an impact on the CBC, which is essentially a client of his.

Today, he understands that very well. We’ve followed up with Mr. Penner to review his obligations as a freelancer for CBC. I don’t anticipate this being a recurring issue.

Thanks again for your email. I hope my reply has reassured you about the integrity of CBC News and Centres.

It is also my responsibility to inform you that if you are not satisfied with this response, you may wish to submit the matter for review by the CBC Ombudsman, Esther Enkin. The Office of the Ombudsman – an independent and impartial body reporting directly to the President – is responsible for evaluating program compliance with the CBC’s journalistic policies. Ms. Enkin may be reached by mail at Box 500, Terminal A, Toronto, Ontario M5W1E6, or by fax at

(416) 205-2825, or by e-mail at ombudsman@cbc.ca.

John Bertrand
Senior Managing Director
Prairie/ North Region


16 Responses to “CBC columnist states he will have a “party when Harper dies””

  1. Guffman Says:

    I so wish Harper had a pulled their public funding while he had his majority.
    I agree with Trump – most of the media are scum, and this CBC contributor is a prime example.

    • spock2009 Says:

      Well said. That may be one of Harper’s worst mistakes, that of not stripping the CBC of public funding when he had the opportunity. Now we have to deal with this…

  2. dddddancetotheradio Says:

    Give me a phone number so I can complain, too.
    As well, a CBC news van cut me off in downtown Winnipeg on Wednesday during the snowstorm.
    Who makes a left left and turn across busy snowtrodding traffic in that kind of weather?
    An entitled CBC news van.

  3. Douglas Fowler. (@xarelto82) Says:

    If CBC continues to employ him it will be a scandal. Good luck with your complaint

  4. Lore White Says:

    This guy is a bubble out of plum. Honestly, if we said anything like that we would be harassed mercilessly, what a scum bag. Hope his garden gets hailed on

  5. Fay Says:

    This is a new low even for CBC. Shocking!

  6. Jane Says:

    He should definitely be fired, he has gone to far this time. No one should have to put up with this kind of derogatory comments about dying. Any media outlet that is affiliated with someone like this should fire them.!

  7. Mike Johnston Says:

    Keep it up Dean. We appreciate what you are doing.

  8. Bernie Currier Says:

    CBC should turf this ****** right out along with Mansbridge and his panel cronies. I refuse to watch the News especially the National. Typical CBC bias – It was so blatant, during the Election it was pitiful. Get rid of the CBC.I can’t believe this comment was allowed on Twitter

  9. WellDone Says:

    Typical “Sorry not sorry” response, about what I expect from any solidly leftist entity.

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