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Buyer’s remorse

Succession plans are a priority for the Canada Council, but their funding rules make prospective purchasers wary

FOR ALMOST A DECADE, Tim Inkster, co-owner and publisher of the Erin, Ontario, press The Porcupine’s Quill, has been getting “unsubtle suggestions” about his advancing age from granting oficers at the Canada Council for the Arts. Inkster, who is 69, has been increasingly urged to develop a succession plan that ensures the ongoing viability of his small publishing house. When former Maclean’s publisher Ken Whyte approached Inkster in January 2018 with a proposal to purchase PQL, it sounded like a good deal all around.

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