Melanie Joly Can’t Seem to Quit the Idea of an Internet Tax


tay
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Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly seemingly put the prospect of an Internet tax to bed when she launched her Creative Canada report last month. Throughout the year-and-a-half consultation, there were persistent rumours that an Internet tax was being considered as a mechanism to help fund Cancon. Yet when the Prime Minister rejected an Internet tax last June minutes after it was proposed by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, the policy initiative promoted by some cultural lobby groups seemed dead. Joly’s comments at her policy launched suggested much the same:

But we know that access and affordability of Internet and wireless are real issues for many. Broadband coverage is uneven across the country. We pay some of the highest rates in the world.
Our government won’t increase the cost of these services to Canadians by imposing a new tax.

Yet a couple of weeks later, Joly has faced sustained criticism over her policy, particularly the Netflix deal. While much of the criticism is unfounded – the cries of level playing fields are misleading – Joly seems ready to placate some of the Quebec-based criticism by reviving the “dead” Internet tax policy. In a report in Le Devoir, Joly indicated a forthcoming review by the CRTC will consider which players should contribute to the system to ensure sustainability and financing. She added that the government wants companies that benefit from new business models to participate in financing and promised to reform telecom and broadcast legislation to allow for new funding.

The comments will breath new life into those with visions of taxing Internet access, regardless of the negative impact on affordable access for Canadians


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Melanie Joly Can't Seem to Quit the Idea of an Internet Tax - Michael Geist
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Interesting. I have a few questions. . .

1. What the heck is a Heritage Minister?

2. Y'all seriously have a politician named Melanie Joly? Really?

3. What does the internet have to do with "heritage?"

4. How much money did y'all spend on this year and a half consultation? And what's that in real money?

5. C'mon, seriously? Melanie Joly? Sounds like a porn star or a '60s folk singer.
 
Danbones
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"Heritage"..the name just reeks of pea soup in a can...to be ministered to hockey playin' kids when they take off their Tacks...the net can stay out side kids...

As far as web sights go, I am still working on how to fit frogs and feet into that somehow...
 
Jinentonix
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Interesting. I have a few questions. . .

1. What the heck is a Heritage Minister?

2. Y'all seriously have a politician named Melanie Joly? Really?

3. What does the internet have to do with "heritage?"

4. How much money did y'all spend on this year and a half consultation? And what's that in real money?

5. C'mon, seriously? Melanie Joly? Sounds like a porn star or a '60s folk singer.

Well, to answer #3 for you. It all started back when the Canadian govt was all worried about Canada being flooded by foreign TV and radio programming, so they created the Canadian Content Act (or whatthef*ckever it's called) declaring that all Canadian broadcasters must have at least 40% Canadian content in their programming.

Although for a goof who keeps stating that Canada has no culture or identity, Trudeau sure loves this idea of a tax in the name of Canadian heritage.
 
captain morgan
#5
Another talking point for all the opposition Parties once the election is called.

Tater tot is going to have a lot of explaining' to do
 
Colpy
#6
Joly is such an idiot.

Hard to believe from a woman with an advanced law degree from Oxford.

But typical of this government.
 
Hoid
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Obviously more and more goods and services are going to be delivered via internet.

Obviously the Canadian government is gong to have to tax it in ever changing ways.

They are already getting body-slammed by automation. All these job loses cost the government money.
 
pgs
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

Obviously more and more goods and services are going to be delivered via internet.

Obviously the Canadian government is gong to have to tax it in ever changing ways.

They are already getting body-slammed by automation. All these job loses cost the government money.

Good maybe the answer is to cut some government positions or departments .
 
Hoid
#9
That's always an answer but very seldom a correct one.

We did that all through the 1990s and it was painful. Not sure how much fat is left to cut.
 
Jinentonix
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

Obviously more and more goods and services are going to be delivered via internet.

It's got nothing to do with that. The tax has also been nicknamed the "Netflix Tax". That's because a number of Canadians are streaming the US Netflix source and therefore not getting the "required" 40% Canadian content in their programming.
So in typical govt fashion, they decide they need to punish the many for the actions of a few.