Squeeze cash from Facebook, Google, say Canadian news media leaders

Tax changes, better copyright protection and fees imposed on Facebook and Google are among the solutions being touted to help rescue Canada’s ailing news industry, internal reports show.

Those suggestions were prominent in closed-door sessions with news leaders conducted by the Public Policy Forum, a think-tank the federal government has hired to suggest policies in support of Canadian journalism during a period of digital disruption and reporter layoffs.

  • Uncommunist

    F the msm … Corporate welfare propagandists.

  • FactsWillOut

    Hopefully, the government will squeeze google and fuckface right outta the country.
    Then Leitch can get in, and we can all happily watch the MSM go down in flames.

  • Clausewitz

    The MSM are today’s buggy whips. You’ve had a good run, glad to see you go. Welcome to 2017.

  • Free enterprise has a way of cleaning out the unproductive.

    Adapt to the new order or perish.

    The legacy media could try publishing unbiased news. Not political spin and BS.

    • Justin St.Denis

      The Canadian MSM do not discuss their tumbling circulation numbers and dwindling subscriptions. And there are many reasons for that. Some of those reasons are MSM bias, tendency to lie and/or cheerlead, general superiority complex of MSM, etc…

      Then there is the fact that “Canadians” no longer read.

      Prior to 1975, Canadians were among the most reading nations of the world. Then we started the wholesale importation of Thirld-World ignorance and endless “accommodations” for them.

      So here we are – quite totally fucked as a country with absolutely no ability as Canadians to do anything about it because it might mean “opening up the Constitution” and we can’t have that, can we?

      Canadians are the only nation I can name whose constitution serves to shackle them more than free them. We should change that. Of course, that means opening up the Constitution and we can’t have that, can we?

      Circular logic – Canuckistani-style………

      • Alain

        The original constitution (the BNAA) did not shackle us nor did it grant the huge centralised federal government we now have. It was the Liberals who changed that, and Trudeau Sr. pretty much trashed the what was left by incorporating official bilingualism, multiculturalism, stealing money from productive provinces to reward non productive provinces with the final straw being his ridiculous charter allowing non elected judges to legislate. That said we the Canadian people allowed them to get away with it.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Liberals don’t respect the division of powers between the federal and provincial governments.

          • Alain

            Yes, those with a totalitarian bent do not like such a division of powers. I should add that big, powerful centralised government is very French. That the provinces allowed provincial jurisdictions to be hijacked by Ottawa is a disgrace.

      • WalterBannon

        “the Constitution”

        humbug on that garbage created by Trudeau

        its not my constitution

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    I will immediately delete my Facebook account if the service is not free. As it turns out, I’m not on it very often. If Google charges, I will simply use another search engine. The MSM can whine and complain all they want.

    • FactsWillOut

      It’s not that fuckface or google will charge us, it’s that the state will tax the daylights out of them to subsidize traditional media.

      • Etobicoke_Gladiator

        Ah, well we already pay among the highest rates for Internet connections in the western world. So, why not tax us too? After all, Canadian governments of all levels are addicted to taxation and Canadians keep voting for parties that require more and more taxes. I’m not surprised about this bullshit from King Commie Trudeau.

        • FactsWillOut


        • Alain

          Not only do we pay the highest rates but also have the worst service. I may live in a rural area, but it is only about 20 minutes to town and still no real high speed internet available. I pay through the teeth (almost $100) per month for what is claimed to be high speed. It isn’t by a long shot, as I have experienced high speed internet elsewhere. Then the moment you exceed the allotted GBs, they put you in the “slow lane”, which is actually even worse than dial-up. Mobil phones are the same when it comes to the crappy service, overpriced and lack of competition. Even that CRTC ruling on high-speed internet being a basic service has not changed a thing.

    • terrence22

      Try DuckDuckgo – it is free and does not track its users,

  • reidjr

    The Cbc and others have been pushing for a streaming tax that would go right to the Canadian networks some projected that could mean an extra billion for Cbc alone now the want another tax so what there is another billion for the state broadcaster yet they still cry poor.

    • Lotta mouths to feed at the CBC;)

      • Justin St.Denis

        Lotta mouths to kick in at the CBC

        I just HAD to, it just seemed to be the right thing to do. 😉

      • WalterBannon

        let them eat cake

        then send them to the gallows

    • WalterBannon

      bit torrent

      its free and no money goes in progressive pockets to fund their propaganda

  • WalterBannon

    Canada’s ailing news industry is ailing because the market, the public, have spoken with their wallets and said “no more fake news”.

    But Justin Goebbels is having none of that.