On The National late yesterday evening:
The government is expected to make an announcement this week that North West Company, Arctic Co-operatives Limited and La Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec will be provided with the multi-million dollar subsidy instead of the national postal service, the CBC’s Laurie Graham reported.
If this unsourced story is accurate, the program’s impact on northern Canada’s troubled air carriers will be fascinating to watch. One presumes they’ll soon be forced to compete for air freight contracts from private retailers, not government agencies like Canada Post.
And, of course, there’s the question of whether the new scheme will achieve its stated goal: reduce the cost of retail food for northern consumers. If it does, Nunavut’s Conservative MP, Leona Aglukkaq, could enjoy a long career in the House of Commons.