OTTAWA (CP) _ CBC chairman Guy Fournier has resigned after controversial comments he made about bestiality and bowel movements.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda made the announcement today during question period in the House of Commons. Fournier, 75, became the target of anger and criticism in recent days after falsely claiming in a French-language magazine article that Lebanon permits bestiality, and for granting a lengthy interview on the joys of bowel movements.
Fournier, a well-known playwright and producer, apologized Sunday on French-language television but it was too late. Oda told the Commons that Fournier, who was appointed by the previous Liberal regime to a five-year term last September, "has increasingly lost the confidence of Canada’s new government."
The minister said she received Fournier’s "voluntary resignation" effective immediately.