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In a letter sent to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Quebec's Finance Minister signalled his intention to go where Ottawa won’t and apply the Quebec sales tax to services provided by Netflix and other firms doing business in Quebec without actually having retail outlets here.
Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao is proposing a co-ordinated effort with Ottawa to tax online businesses that don't have a significant presence in Quebec.
The president of Canadian Media Research says that if a “Netflix tax” is off the table, then Canada needs a Mélanie Joly tax, equivalent to a TV/internet licence fee, with the revenue used to fund a commercial-free CBC, private TV production and other media.
Columnist says the federal government’s stubbornness not to make Canadians pay the GST on their Netflix subscription is hindering any progress on the much greater problem of GST collection by foreign digital service companies.
Columnist says the Liberals politely rejected nearly everything the Heritage committee recommended.
Canada's Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages is opening an investigation into the $500-million deal between the Canadian government and Netflix.
Two weeks ago, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly unveiled her vision for cultural policy in the internet age.
Columnist says Netflix should be taxed, not only because similar Canadian services are taxed but because revenue collected would pay for Canadian content.
Columnist says the federal government missed an opportunity with its new cultural policy framework to support ethnic media and greater diversity in other newsrooms.
Netflix in campaign to ‘set record straight’ on $500-million pledge for Canadian productions by Daniel Leblanc
The streaming service and the federal government have faced a series of attacks over the fact the company does not pay sales taxes in Canada and refuses to submit to any quotas on its television productions in the country.
Columnist says the federal government’s new framework for cultural policy offers virtually no new support to Canadian news production, one of the most important and most threatened foundations of Canadian democracy.
Columnist says Heritage Minister Melanie Joly was right to reject a bailout for legacy news media in Canada, but she was wrong about them being unviable.
The Canadian government has come to an agreement with streaming giant Netflix, Inc. to invest $500 million to produce original Canadian content.
The Canadian province is questioning Netflix's avoiding a federal sales tax by agreeing to invest $400 million in local series like 'Alias Grace.'
Columnist says Netflix will be spending as much money on Canadian content per year as Bell Media and Corus Entertainment - broadcasters who have benefited from corporate protections and who have received subsidies.
Columnist says we’re living in a world where the CRTC is the regulatory equivalent of the Maginot Line: Digital content providers can just fly right over it.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison will be available to comment this afternoon following the release of Minister Joly’s report on Canadian content in the digital age.
After two years of study and consultation, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has come up with only a few modest steps to boost Canadian content, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting has given Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s long-awaited Creative Canada Policy Framework an overall barely passing grade of C-. The core challenge the policy failed to address is the crisis facing local media in Canada as a result of the exponential growth of internet advertising – which is siphoning revenue from Canadian media to foreign internet giants.
Foreign affairs minister will host U.S. and Mexican counterparts at National Arts Centre in Ottawa.