Journalist Scott Stinson seems to believe that a CBC commissioned film about the life and times of the late Jack Layton will create some sort of an anti-CBC backlash.
The made-for-TV biopic, set to start production in Winnipeg this August, will be set against the backdrop of the 2011 federal election and the weeks that followed, chronicling the rise of the late NDP leader as well as the love story between Layton and Olivia Chow.
Stinson worries the story will be too much for right-leaning Canadians to handle.
"A laudatory film about the late NDP leader? Outrage! Taxpayer dollars! Why not Irish Eyes: The Brian Mulroney Story or Shawinigan Handshake: The Jean Chrétien Story or Sweater Vest: The Stephen Harper Story," he quips in a column for the National Post.
"It's an interesting story, no doubt, but it remains that the CBC is giving ammunition to its critics with this project. The next time someone wants to list off its perceived biases, the phrase 'commissioned a biopic of theRead More »from Jack Layton biopic commissioned by CBC could fuel backlash: critic