Corporate Welfare Bum Meaning
(chiefly Canada, idiomatic, derogatory) A business corporation or business executive receiving significant financial assistance from government sources.
Example: 1983 April 29, "End welfare dithering," Montreal Gazette (Canada), p. B-2 (retrieved 9 Nov 2015):
[A]nother $8 million went to keep alive Quebecair, a corporate welfare bum if ever there was one.
2011, Cory Doctorow, Context, ISBN 9781616960780, p. 113 (Google preview):
Meanwhile: every telecomm company is as big a corporate welfare bum as you could ask for.
2015 May 11, David Booth, "The Tesla secret Elon Musk doesnâ€™t want you to know," Driving (Canada) (retrieved 9 Nov 2015):
Elon Musk . . . is also â€” and this you read less about â€” a serial, almost kleptomaniacal, corporate welfare bum whose greatest talent seems to be sucking at the U.S. governmentâ€™s teat for personal gain and glory.
2015 Nov. 4, Ezra Levant, "Liberal conundrum: Side with their anti-airport Toronto MPs? Or â€œcorporate welfare bumâ€ Bombardier?," ezralevant.com (Canada), (retrieved 9 Nov 2015):
Corporate welfare bum Bombardier is already demanding a billion more dollars in corporate bailouts from Trudeauâ€™s Liberals.