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.