The Government of Canada’s tax policy against foreign web giants such as Netflix, Amazon and Google has sparked a public denunciation by a hundred or so Quebec personalities.
In an advertisement published Wednesday in several major dailies in Quebec, these artists, producers, broadcasters and business people criticize the Trudeau government for weakening Quebec and Canadian culture by allowing these giants to evade taxes that all domestic businesses must sampled.
In their opinion, this is an injustice that penalizes businesses, artists, artisans and workers.
The agreement between the Government of Canada and Netflix provides that the US online broadcaster will not be taxed in Canada and will not be subject to any quota for its television production. The company has committed, in return, to pay at least $ 500 million over five years to fund Canadian productions, but we do not know, however, how much of that money will be devoted to francophone content.
The message of Wednesday is signed by artistic personalities such as Denys Arcand, Karine Vanasse, Martin Matte, Guylaine Tremblay, Mitsou Gelinas, Patrick Huard, Louis Morissette, Denise Filiatrault, Stephane Laporte and Fabienne Larouche, as well as three headliners from the business world: Pierre Karl Péladeau, Peter Simons and Alexandre Taillefer.
The Quebec Federation of Labor (FTQ) and the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) have also signed. For broadcasters, TVA, Bell Media, V, Télé-Québec, Cogeco and TV5 are among the subscribers.