PM re­jects tax on stream­ing ser­vices

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - CANADA -

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.

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