Conservative movement supported Bell
The Canadian Press – February 12, 2024 / 11:51 am | History: 471969
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Conservative and NDP MPs backed a 2022 amendment to the Online Streaming Act, introduced by Conservative MP John Nater, pictured, and opposed by the Liberals in government, that allowed Canada's private broadcasters to save $120 million a year in regulatory fees . But conservatives now blame liberals for last week's job cuts at BCE Inc. and are urging them to claw back some of the federal relief. Nater stands to answer a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre rejects the idea that his party played a role in granting $40 million in regulatory relief to Bell Media.
Conservative and NDP MPs supported a 2022 amendment to the Online Streaming Act, opposed by the ruling Liberals, that allowed Canada's private broadcasters to save about $120 million a year in regulatory fees.
Bell's share of those savings was $40 million — the precise total annual operating losses that the broadcaster's parent company, BCE Inc., cited when it cut 4,800 jobs last week.
But Poilievre now blames Justin Trudeau for those cuts, calling on the prime minister to claw back some of his government's federal grants to media companies.
When asked about the disconnect, the Conservative leader said only that providing tax dollars to media outlets fuels biased, liberal-friendly coverage.
The June 2022 motion, introduced by Conservative MP John Nater, was approved with the support of New Democrat and Bloc Quebecois MPs on the House of Commons Heritage committee.