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‘How can the media hold power to account?’: The Roundtable discusses government subsidized journalists and housing affordability

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks during a press conference in the facilities of vaccine producer Sanofi, in Toronto on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press.

Publisher Rudyard Griffiths and Editor-at-Large Sean Speer discuss the Ottawa Declaration on Canadian Journalism, an open call by a number of journalists and private digital news outlets to reject government subsidies. They explain why they signed the declaration, including the negative consequences of public subsidies when it comes to harming innovation and the public’s trust in the media. They also discuss Prime Minister Trudeau’s recent assertion that housing values cannot fall for current homeowners and the inherent tension with his government’s efforts to improve housing affordability.

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