Cord-cutters left cable TV for a reason: it’s too expensive, too restrictive, and far inferior to the infinite choice and flexibility the Internet offers.5
But the Netflix Tax attempts to shove the Internet into the outdated cable mold—especially when it comes to your bill. Streaming companies will inevitably pass the costs of the tax onto the customer, piling onto the financial stress COVID-19 is already causing.6 The Netflix Tax also does nothing to address CanCon’s systemic issues, including narrow definitions of Canadian content and limited support for creators outside of traditional media outlets.
Streaming is not cable. By forcing it to fit into cable’s dusty old shoes, we’ll break it. We need to support Canadian content, but to do that, we need to meet people where they are: online.
The same is true for supporting Canadian news. The Link Tax ignores that social media and search engines are where people access content. If Facebook or Google remove snippets—the preview text that makes readers want to click—or stop linking to news altogether, it’s Canada’s news organizations and small creators who will suffer.7
In fact, that’s exactly what happened in Germany after implementing the Link Tax: Google stopped showing snippets alongside article links, which bogged down traffic to news outlets.8
We need to stand up for Internet users and small content creators by stopping these proposals. Tell Minister Guilbeault he needs to abandon the Link Tax and Netflix Tax NOW!