National Newswatch

A cabinet official yesterday dismissed disclosures the Prime Minister’s Office boasted of being able to “line up” newspaper editors and columnists to write Liberal-friendly commentaries. Cabinet in its March 19 budget has proposed to detail a half-billion subsidy program for media deemed reliable.

“Did they suggest there were appropriate ways in which the actions that could be contemplated could be communicated to the public? Absolutely,” said Senator Peter Harder (Ont.), Government Representative in the Senate.

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