Quebecor CEO urges prime minister to charge sales tax on Netflix


  • moovyguy

    So this CEO is worried that “adding that the platform “does not pay a dime” to use the bandwidth on which it rests its business model” … So he would be referring to the internet access that we as consumers are already paying for??? So he wants to charge twice for the same bits of data?

    WTF does that have to do with taxing them???? That helps governments, not them …. OR will he then be looking for more subsidies from that extra tax gain?

  • Marshall Davidson

    What I find amusing is how governments in this country and people like Peladeau can’t seem to find an argument as to why providers in this country can’t seem to find their own money to produce content but instead need to rely on taxpayer handouts to prop up an industry. That’s really all this boils down to, outside of the obvious tax grab it is. Maybe its to do with the fact that Canadian shows fundamentally suck azz and don’t interest anyone. They are often boring, dry and without much compelling story line or at least one told in a way that would interest a viewer. Its sad but that’s just reality and no amount of tax dollars is going to alter the fact that people just aren’t watching.
    There is a reason Canadian acting talent goes south to pursue their careers and why so few, if any, participate in homegrown productions.

  • clee666

    The Netflix deals is an investment deal has nothing to do with the sales tax. Like any foreign company, the investment needs to be approved by the government.
    I think if Netflx annouced the deal instead of Mélanie Joly and the Leberals bragging about it, we won’t even be debating about this issue. We will be praising Netflix investment in our culture.
    They are going to produce Canadian content that Canadians will want to watch, while Québécor is wasting our tax subsidies on shows that nobody wants to watch anymore.
    And Netflix won’t the one paying the sales tax, we the users are.

  • GottaLoveCapitalism

    Netflix isn’t investing money into Canadian content out of goodwill, its to retain their share of market in the country with the highest consumption of streamed video content per capita in the world. For example: just google how Canadians are the most likely to binge watch a series of any country in the world and do so the fastest.

    Online services and goods need to be taxed to continue to generate the necessary revenues for the government. As consumption of physical goods is replaced by virtual goods, we can’t afford to just let go of that tax revenue. Sure it sucks as an individual and no one wants to pay more for stuff than they do today but this has just been a gap in tax policy.

    • Turbojugend

      Yet Bell owns HBO in Canada so I can’t just pay HBO directly to enjoy their content, I have to pay an outrageous cable bill to enjoy HBO? No thank you. TV has changed and we are getting screwed because the ISP’s also provide TV to us. I don’t need to watch something on a Thursday night, I have pockets of time to binge watch, yet they are still trying to maintain the traditional way.

      I don’t listen to the radio much or watch Canadian TV programming (well Letterkenny, but I pay for Crave TV), so why should I have to pay a tax? I don’t go into local stores because they charge too much for the things I need. Too bad, I would be more than happy to pay an extra couple of dollars for items, but I am not paying $30 or more for a cable or item locally.

    • GottaLoveCapitalism

      Did you reply to the wrong comment? I was just saying we should tax any service people are using to consume media as we tax all goods, regardless of how it is delivered. You’re making a totally different point about not having the choices you want.

  • Smanny

    He is urging the Prime Minister of Quebec to add a sales tax for Netflix. Now that will be useless unless all the province’s do the same thing. What’s to stop someone from going to Ontario and getting Netflix from their. Or better yet hop over to the boarder of the US and buy a year’s worth of Netflix down their. Then hop back and you have a year’s worth of Netflix with little tax and cheaper prices overall.

    Isn’t that always the way to tax the public for things that people want, but are out of the government’s control.