Marc Parent, chief executive of CAE Inc., the Montreal-based maker of flight simulators, is a flatterer. “People like you are important,” he said after I thanked him for making time for an interview. “Seriously. If there is one industry that, personally, I think people will hold in high regard in this whole COVID crisis it’s the media.”
This eye-strained wretch would like to think so. A newfound regard for real information is perhaps the one positive to emerge from what has otherwise been a mostly dismal year for the newspaper business.
Parent can relate. He informed shareholders in August that CAE, a 73-year-old company started by a former Royal Canadian Air Force officer after the Second World War, was going through “the most challenging conditions” it has ever faced.
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