April 13, 2016

Netflix tax makes a come back at Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Brian LilleyArchive

Do you remember during the last federal election when Stephen Harper warned that if the Liberals or NDP won we’d have to worry about a Netflix tax? You probably also remember how he was widely ridiculed for it, right?

Well, at a recent meeting of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, guess what they talked about?

Ian Morrison, head of Friend(s) of the CBC was there, so that’s our first clue. He can always be counted on to push for more taxes, more regulation and more funding for the CBC.

Asked by him for some ideas on how to help fund Canadian television, Pierre Nantel of the NDP was the first to say it - how about a Netflix tax?

Taxing an online service is just ridiculous but that’s what they want.

The fact is, the Canadian industry is changing and the answer, despite the push by those like the CBC who fear competition, is NOT to tax it.

Using regulators to force consumers to watch things they don’t choose to watch in order to keep collecting big salaries for those who don’t like to work and can’t survive with competition, is wrong.

If the CRTC is smart, they’ll continue down the path to LESS regulation and allow creators to share and sell their content to willing audiences.

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commented 2016-04-14 08:15:20 -0400
and how does ANY of this help the ‘middle-class’? that group of us that was in such desperate need to be freed from the oppressive clutches of such a greedy, and uncarring overlord(ya know, Harper)? seems to me that most of numbnuts’s policies are having the exact opposite effect


commented 2016-04-13 21:11:12 -0400
Accuna…….the best programs on TV are British programs…..detective, drama, documentaries……NO ONE does it better. Intelligent story lines, great acting, that is basically ALL we watch these days.
commented 2016-04-13 21:08:36 -0400
William Collins…..‘an oxymoron created by a moron’ LOVE IT!!!!!! Great comment.
commented 2016-04-13 21:06:31 -0400
Patti…..I would gladly pay a tax on Netflix if they would omit ANY Canadian programming. CBC has the worst, most immature, stupid and boring programs I have ever seen (except for Corrie of course). I doubt this will ever happen, no matter how hard the libs try but they WILL try, that is for sure.
commented 2016-04-13 21:03:49 -0400
Mr. Harper is looking better and better every day! Comparing him to TruDOPE is quite depressing really…..we had it ALL with Mr. Harper as our leader….with TruDOPE…..NOTHING!!!
commented 2016-04-13 17:46:04 -0400
Acuna= Luddite? Just asking.
commented 2016-04-13 16:24:01 -0400
Netflix is already shooting themselves in the foot by cutting off subscribers who use VPN services to get past their idiotic geo-blocks. As others have commented, their selection of content for Canada is pathetic. I used to use them as a backup when nothing was on the antenna stations I get – not anymore! I refuse to pay full price plus tax for US content and selection and be ripped off with half the content, all CanCrap. Junior can go ahead and tax Netflix as far as I’m concerned, maybe it will drive away their few remaining Canadian subscribers. I’m switching to a purely US based service and will pay them directly with an American credit card, and use my Raspberry Pi box to stream sports from the Internet. Not a cent of my entertainment money will go to the libtards.
commented 2016-04-13 16:08:21 -0400
It’s TV for goodness sake. Seriously. And can anyone really tell the difference watching news on CTV, Global or CBC. It’s all the same news with exactly the same perspective, and ignoring all the same news they deem not noteworthy. No use for any of them. All I watch is videos from the library, SHOMI, Netflix and Youtube. My kids watch Nickelodeon and Disney XD, both or which are bad enough. No one in my house watches that other shite.
commented 2016-04-13 14:54:10 -0400
CanCon is is for the most part crap and without the support of subsidies would not exist. Look at the credits at the end of any Canadian produced program. The list of government agencies is as long as that of the actors or production staff. Why, when Justin says there is no such thing as Canadian culture, does he keep investing in Canadian productions to promote our culture. That is an oxymoron promoted by a moron.
commented 2016-04-13 14:18:50 -0400
I think we can all agree by now that with few expectations CanCon (Canadian Content) sucks.

It has for years, some would say decades, so rather then all this netflix tax non-sense, lets just kill the whole program and stop wasting money on mostly subpar content.
commented 2016-04-13 13:58:07 -0400
If it walks and talks, the Liberals will tax it! Be warned, Canadians, before you realize it, you might be taxed just for being alive! Anything for a buck! (No double entendre intended!)
commented 2016-04-13 12:50:40 -0400
Don’t have cable or dish, haven’t had it for quite some time. Got Netflix and tunnel bear, there is quite a difference between nations and Netflix……… and yes Canada is one of the worst for selection.
Btw Peter I ran into a Alberta NDP voter, the first one I have found! Lol he told me he would NEVER vote for that BITCH again!!!!!!
commented 2016-04-13 12:32:41 -0400
Keith said, “Big Brother is close by.”

As long as a left wing government is in power, that will always be the case.
commented 2016-04-13 12:28:10 -0400
Acuuna said, “and when we fall off, there will be no coming back.”

and when we fall off, the government better watch their backs.
commented 2016-04-13 12:18:55 -0400
How long will it be before the new State Broadcaster controls everything we watch, CBC will eventually control all TV stations and every program aired will have first been viewed and censor’d by Government Officials. Big Brother is close by.

I expect to see a lot more taxes forced upon us by Trudeau and his gang of misfits. They have to pay for the new Army that is currently being imported from the Middle East.

Then will come the conversion to Sharia Law and it’s agenda of evil. Christians and Jews will soon become nothing but a memory.

I see people on these pages talking about how things will change, come the next Election. In my view I think we should ask ourselves. Is there going to be a next Election?

The Puppet Trudeau, will fit nicely in to his new Dictatorship.
commented 2016-04-13 11:03:38 -0400
The Architect , I too packed in tv a long time ago. I don’t even watch Netflix. tv has become too agenda-driven and I find most shows to be mindless person interactions with low-grade acting and even worse dialogue. weeding through the crap takes to long. but I don’t own a cell phone either…never have.
commented 2016-04-13 10:42:39 -0400
I gave up on cable about 1 1/2 years ago and went with Netflix because of the crap that was forced on cable subscribers:
French channels.
Government channel.
Netflix is a fraction of the cost of cable or satellite and much better than either of those.
If the feds poke their noses into Netflix, begin taxing us for it and dictate what I’ll watch, I’ll cancel Netflix just as quickly as cable.
commented 2016-04-13 10:09:57 -0400
unbridled greed will be the downfall of the west. they will push and push and push until we are all on the edge of a well-defined precipice. and when we fall off, there will be no coming back.