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“I’m furious. » It was with these words that the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, responded to a journalist's question about the job cuts and layoffs announced Thursday by the BCE conglomerate.

Bell Canada will also end some of its television newscasts. 4,800 positions will be eliminated. Additionally, nearly half of its regional radio stations will be sold if the deal is approved.

This is a garbage decision, he said Friday in English during a press briefing in the Greater Toronto Area, which can be translated as it's a rotten decision.

Mr. Trudeau thus added a layer to the criticisms made the day before by his Minister of Heritage, Pascale St-Onge, with regard to Bell.

She notably affirmed that the company did not keep its word to maintain news bulletins even though it had made the promise by making acquisitions. The minister also argued that Bell made cuts despite receiving $40 million in regulatory relief from its obligations to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

The Prime Minister added this on Friday: To see large corporations like Bell, in this case, participating in the erosion not only of our journalism, but of our democracy and our sense of community […] ], this is, for me, completely unacceptable and it annoys me enormously.

The Prime Minister deplored what he sees as a trend towards layoffs, in the context of recent years where community organizations, local journalists, have been bought by conglomerates, by multinationals.

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As a government, we have been there and we will continue to be there to invest in local journalism, said Mr. Trudeau.

Minister St-Onge mentioned Thursday that Bell was complaining that things were not moving fast enough in her eyes for the CRTC to adapt its regulatory framework to the digital age, about a year after the ;adoption of the reform of the Broadcasting Act.

There have been reliefs already given to them for the interim period, but at At some point, companies that make billions of dollars [and] that have made a commitment to the Canadian population must respect the end of their commitments, she said.

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