The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation did not divulge the amount of public money spent on advertising Canada Post, which claimed, "The requested information is commercially sensitive and has always been treated as confidential."
The information was uncovered in a whole of government response to an order paper question posed by British Columbia Conservative MP Tracy Gray, who asked for the amounts and reasons for federal advertising buys with the already heavily subsidized state broadcaster.
Public Service and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is the federal agency responsible for vaccine procurement in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
An inquiry of the health ministry recently revealed that 30 million COVID-19 vaccine doses purchased by the Canadian government were allowed to expire before use, including nearly 14 million allocated for the developing world.
CBC receives 1.3 billion dollars in official federal subsidies beyond millions in annual advertising spending from federal ministries and agencies.