May: I’ll tax internet firms
OTTAWA — a Green government would “level the playing field” by implementing taxes on companies like Facebook and Netflix, leader elizabeth May highlighted on the trail Wednesday.
she was in Montreal, emphasizing the effect she expects the Greens’ plan for foreign internetbased companies would have in protecting Quebec culture.
Green plan includes making sure tech companies charge GST as well as taxes on revenue. The plan would also close loopholes around advertising tax writeoffs May says encourage digital advertising to the detriment of local media.
May said the policy on tech firms extends to companies like Facebook, amazon and airbnb, but focused in particular on arts and culture companies like Netflix.
she said leaving the situation as-is is “too large a risk” for the country. “The culture of Quebec needs to be protected from content that streams into our homes online that has nothing to do with canada,” she said.