A series of connections between the Liberal Party of Canada and the Walrus Foundation over the past two years may be affecting the standards and thrust of the journalism at the charityís titular magazine.
These connections include: Liberal candidate (now MP) Seamus OíRegan heading the publicationís Educational Review Committee, charged with vetting editorial content, during the last federal election; the addition of new party-affiliated members to the foundationís board of directors; the hiring of former Justin Trudeau ghostwriter Jonathan Kay and subsequent spate of pro-Trudeau articles during his tenure; and the Heritage Ministryís approval of multiple hard-to-obtain Canada 150 grants.
The Walrus is a unique case of charitable journalism in Canada, and with the federal government now reassessing its role in supporting Canadian media ó and considering the Shattered Mirror report (external - login to view)ís recommendation for more such charitable projects ó how The Walrus has or hasnít met its obligations suddenly becomes relevant.
Before, during, and after the 2015 federal election, Liberal candidate-turned-MP Seamus OíRegan held a series of high-level positions at the organization.
The former CTV broadcaster joined the Walrus Foundationís board of directors in January 2014 (external - login to view) and stayed on it after winning the Liberal nomination in the Newfoundland and Labrador riding of St. Johnís SouthĖMount Pearl in late September of that year. He also became chair of the publicationís Educational Review Committee (ERC), first appearing in that role on the masthead of its June 2015 issue, after already campaigning for the Liberals for months.
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