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If win­ners were se­lected solely on their raw drain on the pub­lic purse, then “cor­po­rate wel­fare” would place first ev­ery year, Wu­drick said. But Bom­bardier was handed a life­time achieve­ment award sim­ply for be­ing the most egre­gious of­fender. Ac­cord­ing to CTF’s cal­cu­la­tions, the trans­port firm has taken $ 3.8 bil­lion in govern­ment hand­outs since 1966. And, just as the CTF was hold­ing its Wed­nes­day awards cer­e­mony in Ottawa, Bom­bardier was seek­ing an­other $ 1 bil­lion from fed­eral cof­fers.

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