As struggling establishment media and upstart news organizations have been promised $600 million in tax breaks by the Trudeau government, few details are known about a government-appointed panel that will mete out the largesse.

According to Budget 2019, benefaction would be based on the panel’s determination of whether applicants constitute a Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization, but former broadcaster and Conservative MP Peter Kent said the government should not be in the business of ranking news media for handouts. Kent is also the ethics critic for the Conservative party.