What is and isn’t considered a subsidy is politically charged. The government and industry are both likely to dispute or take issue with the inclusion of some, or many, of the programs to the group's tally.
Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan's office disputes the addition of the feds' wage subsidy to the group's tally of subsidies to the oil and gas sector. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The pandemic has facilitated an increase in federal aid to the oil and gas sector in the last year amid the economic downturn, according to a new report.
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Pressure is mounting on the Canadian government to back the waiver as it has received support from the U.S. and more than 30 Liberal MPs are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to champion the initiative.
The partisan finger-pointing that has defined the debate around Bill C-10 over the past two weeks is rooted in an attempt by the government, and a few MPs, to make sure that influential streaming companies that rely on uploaded content, such as YouTube, are bound by rules designed to promote Canadian cultural content, and protect Canadian broadcasters.