Chair, with this amendment to clause 43, we recognize that for a well-functioning democracy, a strong and independent news media is critical. Budget 2019 was clear in enunciating that an independent—and I emphasize independent—administrative body would be involved in recognizing eligibility of journalism organizations for these measures.
What this amendment does is it clarifies the process for designating journalism organizations by requiring the Minister of National Revenue to consider the recommendations of an independent body when determining whether an organization qualifies for these measurers.
Thank you, Chair.
(Amendment agreed to [See Minutes of Proceedings])
(Clause 43 as amended agreed to on division)
(Clauses 44 to 52 inclusive agreed to on division)
(On clause 53)