A doubling of pre-election payroll rebates for government-approved newsrooms crosses the “line of integrity” in journalism, the Commons heritage committee was told yesterday. Conservative MP Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon-Grasswood), a former broadcaster, said cabinet appeared to be throwing money at favoured media outlets.

“The government continues to spend millions on media,” said MP Waugh. “Tuesday they just threw another hundred million at journalism. To me that’s a line.”

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