PM rejects tax on streaming services
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is shooting down a parliamentary committee’s recommendation that Ottawa impose a five per cent tax on broadband Internet services as a way to “level the playing field’’ in Canada’s rapidly evolving news industry.
Liberal members of the Commons heritage committee released a long-awaited report Thursday with 20 recommendations aimed at helping the slumping media industry adapt to rapid technological change and shifting consumer habits.
The majority report calls on Ottawa to apply the tax, levied on broadband Internet providers, to high-speed Internet services that allow for streaming.
Liberal members tried to sell the move as one that would create more fairness because the tax is already applied to satellite and cable TV.