Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who has been consistently ahead in recent polls, reportedly suggested as a leadership candidate that he would gut funding to the CBC's news division if he becomes prime minister.
The Liberals' first budget after they won the 2015 election included hundreds of millions of dollars in new CBC funding, following years of cuts by the Conservatives under Stephen Harper.
Following her speech to the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Tait refused to say if the prospect of Scheer becoming prime minister in the fall worries her.
"Listen, I'm not here to comment on politics," she said. "I am an appointee with an amazing mandate to protect and to defend public broadcasting. We will do what we have always done — regardless of government: we work to serve Canadians."
When asked what the CBC can to do wrestle itself away from the criticism it is beholden to the Liberal party for funding stability, she said, "We stay focused on our mandate. That's it."
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