Bill C-18 is the latest version of something we’ve fought for years, a Link Tax – charging money for sharing links to quality news online.2 While there is a real problem to be solved - not enough funding for news – Bill C-18 creates a mountain of new problems for our news industry, including:
- An entirely secret government process for deciding who a news organization is and who is not;
- An equally secret deal-making process for online platforms to decide the type of news to fund, and how much to provide;
- Discouraging sharing of links to quality journalism, leaving misinformation more space to spread;
- Awarding most funds directly into the pockets of news conglomerates, while doing nothing for local news we’ve already lost.3,4,5
If passed today, Bill C-18 will fundamentally undermine the crucial independence of the news industry, not save it. But if we engage all of our representatives to turn against this dangerous bill, Minister Rodriguez will be forced to reconsider his approach, and take a harder look at how to support the news industry without compromising its independence. Email your MP: drop C-18, and design a solution that works for a strong, independent press in Canada!