Péladeau was for taxpayer subsidies before he was against them - Macleans.ca

Péladeau was for taxpayer subsidies before he was against them


If there was a recurring theme to Pierre Karl Péladeau and Kory Teneycke’s press conference announcing Sun News, it’s that their new channel would not be anything like the CBC. Said Teneycke:

We’re taking on the mainstream media. We’re taking on smug, condescending, often irrelevant journalism. We’re taking on political correctness. We will not be a state broadcaster offering boring news by bureaucrats, for elites, and paid for by taxpayers.

As it turns out, Quebecor boss Péladeau doesn’t have a problem with taxpayer-subsidized television after all. At least, he didn’t in a June 14 letter to James Moore:

The CEO of Quebecor, Pierre Karl Péladeau, is threatening to sue the federal government if the heritage minister doesn’t intervene to change the admissibility criteria for the Canada Media Fund to allow shows like the [Quebecor-produced] Star Académie to benefit from it.


Péladeau was for taxpayer subsidies before he was against them

  1. Ain't it true though: "Conservatives – our principles don't apply to us".

    Ain't it always been true.

  2. Second-generation media billionaire and Ottawa insider launch media channel that isn't run by elites and insiders.


  3. yeahbuhwha

    Somebody should tell Kory that Québec taxpayers actually owns a 45% stake in Québécor Media, via La Caisse de Dépot et Placement.

  4. Why I will never be in government, Part CXXIV…

    A business suing for free money because competitors are in on the game? Gee, how might we solve that… Think, think, think… Oh! Oh! I know! Let's kill off the stupid subsidy for everyone and let the businesses compete with one another on their own merits!

    • True enough. Doesn't address the hypocrisy in the statements, however.

  5. "We're taking on the mainstream media. We're taking on smug, condescending, often irrelevant journalism."

    Irony, c'est vous.

  6. I know, this is just like all those hypocrites who complain about the Conservative cut to the GST, but then pocket that extra 2% for themselves rather than sending it in to the gov't.

    • It's not at all hypocrisy to declare that the decision to cut the GST by 2% was a bloody stupid decision for the government, and yet still take the (meager) benefit it provides to the citizen.

      The more appropriate analogy in this case would be complaining to the gov't that the GST is too high, and then complaining when it gets cut. That'd be hypocrisy.

  7. Remember kids – subsidies are bad, unless you're applying for a category 1 must carry TV license. In that case, subsidies are required to protect Canadian content!

  8. It’s not hypocrisy at all.   The part which this story leaves out, is that Quebecor first pays into the media fund, so why shouldn’t it also have the right to get money out as well??  

    It’s like putting your money into a hockey pool, but when your team wins, they tell you sorry, you aren’t eligible to win.