The Conservatives opposed the Bloc’s motion for a recurring bailout fund.
In 2018, the Trudeau government announced a $600M media bailout package in incentive and subsidies.
Trudeau has also delivered on massive increases in the funding of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
With this multi-million bailout package, it is no surprise that the mainstream media’s coverage of Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party has been overwhelmingly positives and uncritical.
The role of the press in a free society is to be a watchdog. Journalists must remain independent so that they can ask hard questions and dig where the government does not want them to dig.
When a journalist’s payroll becomes dependent on the government, there is an obvious and problematic lack of independence. A journalist cannot be a watchdog when he or she is reliant on the government.
This isn’t the first bad idea from the Bloc, and it very likely isn’t their last one either.