‘ We are glad they have seen reason’
Friends of Green Cove applauds removal of journalists as supporters of Mother Canada project
The Friends of Green Cove group is excited to see the names of three well-known Canadian journalists removed from the online list of honorary patrons of the Mother Canada project planned for the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
The names of CBC’s Peter Mansbridge, and CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme and Lloyd Robertson have been removed.
“It’s something we’ve been pressing for, we are glad they have seen reason. I think it is in the interest of their organizations that they did so,” said Friends of Green Cove spokesman Sean Howard.
“We are pleased the issue of journalistic conflict of interest has been satisfactorily resolved, and hope the ‘Mother Canada’ issue can now receive fair and uncompromised national television coverage on both CBC and CTV.”
The Never Forgotten National Memorial, a privately funded initiative, is looking to build a memorial to Canada’s war dead in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in northern Cape Breton.
“We’ve appreciated their support for our memorial. We also recognize that one can’t be involved in a project and be called to report on it at the same time. We respect that,” said Meg Stokes, director of community and corporate engagement for the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation, in an email sent to the Cape Beton Post on July 6.
Howard said Friends of Green Cove want honorary patrons, whatever their background, to review their support for the project.
“In the case of the journalists, we did need to see some action,” Howard said.