The Trudeau government is actually considering it.
Justin Trudeau’s government has asked a think tank to research this very question: should taxpayers provide a safety net for a news business in free-fall? The think tank is headed by former Globe and Mail Editor in Chief Edward Greenspon, who discusses (and defends?) the idea of a news biz bail-out.
Ed’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Correction: at the PPF’s roundtable, it was mentioned that there is no full-time journalist covering the Saskatchewan legislature. I repeated this on the podcast. But it turns out to not be so: David Fraser covers the Saskatchewan legislature full-time for the Leader Post, barring the occasional absence to work on a feature.