EDITORIAL – Throwing $50 million at newspapers is a waste of money

Taking the newspapers out of news. (Image: Mel Rothenburger)

The question must be asked, why spend tax money
trying to save something the taxpayers don’t want?

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

Tucked away behind all the budget speechifying Tuesday by federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau about pay equity, gender equality, pharmacare and so on was something you might not have noticed.

Over five years, the Liberal government intends to put $50 million towards saving local news.

It’s not nearly enough to accomplish that and, of course, the question is whether taxpayers should be footing the bills for media at all.


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