In a country that already maintains a public broadcaster on the taxpayer dime and provides generous periodical subsidies to magazines, the fog-of-war over who benefits from $595 million in new legacy newspaper tax breaks intensified in question period Monday.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer accused the government of tarnishing media independence by appointing anti-Conservative Unifor to a panel that determines who is a ‘Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization’ to share in the largesse.