This plan was made public thanks to a scoop by a small independent outlet called Blacklocks, which appears to be one of the only outlets in Canada that won't accept funding from Trudeau's $595 million media slush fund.
The story should be on the front page of the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and leading the nightly news on the CBC, CTV and Global.
But it will become immediately obvious why that isn’t the case:
The Department of Canadian Heritage is reviewing a proposal to monitor truth in election-year reporting and “expose” coverage considered inaccurate. The initiative follows a Liberal cabinet plan to subsidize newsrooms it deems trustworthy. Elections Canada already enforces a statutory ban on campaign falsehoods.
Department staff yesterday confirmed the Public Policy Forum, an Ottawa-based group, applied for cash grants for a so-called Digital Democracy Project. The value of the grant was not disclosed. “The application is under assessment and no decision has been made yet,” the department said in a statement."
Hang on. Isn’t deciding which campaign promises you can trust and which you can’t, deciding which news reports and editorials you should listen to and which you should ignore — isn’t that the job of the voter?
Isn't it suspicious that Trudeau announced his $595 million media bailout a week before this plan was exposed?