Fed­eral gov’t bailout for me­dia firms self-serv­ing?

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Opinion -

ED­I­TOR:

“Ot­tawa re­leases fis­cal up­date,” in­clud­ing a $595-mil­lion bailout pack­age to Cana­dian me­dia com­pa­nies. I say what a bril­liant move by the prime min­is­ter. The me­dia could even be paid to help the PM in the next elec­tion.

I can just imag­ine what ques­tions will ap­pear on the ap­pli­ca­tion form in or­der to qual­ify. Most likely some­thing like this: Dear ap­pli­cant, an an­swer to one ques­tion will be suf­fi­cient. Ques­tion: do you know what it means to be a Cana­dian ci­ti­zen, and agree with the ba­sic phi­los­o­phy of life, as it is un­der­stood by Justin Trudeau, yes or no.

Or per­haps Justin’s gov­ern­ment could save money and use the same ap­pli­ca­tion form as was used in the sum­mer stu­dent work pro­gram. But, oh, some­one will say, don’t be alarmed, the ap­pli­ca­tion must be ap­proved by a com­mit­tee! Yes, and guess who ap­points the com­mit­tee.

Sar­cas­tic, maybe, but what does this so-called bailout do for Canada’s econ­omy? You may see this as a bril­liant move, Mis­ter PM, but I hope that rea­son­able peo­ple will see it for what it re­ally is. In the mean­time it will cost $16 for every Cana­dian, $32 out of my wife’s and my bud­get.

HANS VISSER, TABER

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