Scrap this Ministry of Truth-type $600-million bailout and eliminate any perception of a conflict of interest in our media’s reporting of the government

Neal Winokur, Special to Financial Post

Like any accountant in tax season, I’m grateful for the extra business as the federal government makes our income tax system even more complicated. And as a reader of newspapers I’m happy to get my $75 for subscriptions I was going to buy anyway. But as a citizen I’m concerned to see the government fund what is supposed to be, in appearance as well as fact, a free and independent media.

In a democratic society, a free and independent media is critical to keeping the government in check. Canadians should not accept a situation in which the government funds the media. It’s time to scrap this Ministry of Truth-type $600-million bailout and eliminate any perception of a conflict of interest in our media’s reporting of the government.

Neal Winokur, CPA, is author of The Grumpy Accountant.