Quebec cultural milieu hopes new heritage minister imposes Netflix tax

It’s all about Netflix.

Initial reaction is quite positive from Quebec’s cultural milieu regarding the appointment of Pablo Rodriguez as the minister of Canadian heritage. That’s because his predecessor, Mélanie Joly, wasn’t particularly popular with these Québécois arts movers and shakers. They didn’t like Joly mostly because she refused to support the milieu’s desire to impose a sales tax on Netflix and other foreign online entertainment providers operating in Canada.

In fact, many are already suggesting that Joly lost her job and was shunted off to the much less significant tourism ministry mainly because she mishandled the Netlfix dossier. She did not manage to persuade her government to bring in a sales tax on foreign services but instead touted a deal with Netflix that had the American company committing to spending $500 million on productions in Canada over five years. But…

Original published: 2018-07-19 20:36:25 Read the full Montreal News here


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