May: I’ll tax in­ter­net firms

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS -

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.

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