Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to the witnesses for being here. Your recommendations are very clear and specific, which I truly appreciate.
I represent the Shefford constituency, which includes Granby. Mr. Cauchon, La Voix de l'Est covers 100% of my constituency. It's important. The quality information in the newspaper plays a central role in the daily life of citizens in my constituency. Every day, when I walk around the constituency, people speak to me about La Voix de l'Est and the local information in the paper.
I don't see how your newspaper could no longer exist tomorrow. Who will speak of the municipal council of each village? Who will speak of the soccer club that won the tournament in Repentigny? Who will speak of local artists who stand out and who want to develop in our society?
Clearly an unfair situation exists with regard to the major players. You don't need to convince me of the need for government intervention to support the various daily newspapers that constitute traditional media for me. The need is clear.
You spoke of temporary assistance or transitional assistance. I want to go back to that. It was vaguely referred to earlier. I heard a reference to two or three years. I want you to clarify this temporary assistance. What does it imply? I don't know whether it was Mr. Myles or Mr. Cauchon, but it was interesting when you said that you didn't want to depend on the government, but that you were in crisis and it was probably the time to help you.
Can you elaborate on this?