I have rarely witnessed such levity on the part of our elected officials in Ottawa, including the Prime Minister!
A smart politician, but a man with no culture, Steven Harper didn’t want anyone to touch Netflix. “On my corpse!” For this irreducible conservative, Netflix was the very quintessence of culture, the cultural tool par excellence that the evil liberals had the courage to want to tax. If only poor Harper knew Netflix was safe. Four and a half years later, despite all the good intentions of the liberal government, this internet giant and his likes are still swimming just as freely in Canadian waters.
It’s not tomorrow the day before we will be using live players (streamers). Bill C-10, which we ended up giving birth after interminable consultations by Mélanie Joly and the equally lengthy ones by Janet Yale’s group, did not survive Justin Trudeau’s government. As Steven Guilbeault prepared to send him to the Senate for a final reading, the Prime Minister called a general election, giving the project his death blow.
THE TOUR OF PABLO RODRIGUEZ
Back in power, it was in the hands of Pablo Rodriguez that Justin Trudeau put the hot potato back. Now called C-11, the project would pass like a letter in the mail, it was believed. The Québécois Bloc and the NDP supported it, as did nearly all the country’s newspapers, commentators and columnists. More importantly, the whole world of audiovisual and music, the owners, artists and craftsmen dreamed of it. That’s not counting the stubbornness of a handful of bug researchers, ardent by academician Michael Geist, who believe the state eventually wants to rule the internet and make the CRTC its watchdog.
It was enough for opposition to grow within the Standing Committee on the Canadian Heritage of Municipalities. From hypothesis to hypothesis, from suspicion to suspicion, the curators began to attribute draconian intentions and bad consequences to the project. Joint committees are made to improve bills, but they are also used to delay them. It is enough to follow a few committee meetings to see that several MPs are unfamiliar with their files or speak openly through their hats.
Last week, conservative committee members called for a halt to studying the project to bring up the management of Hockey Canada in the shadowy gang rape case in London, Ontario, four years ago. Another pretext for delaying the adoption of the bill.
THE CASUAL MEETING OF TRUDEAU
As if there wasn’t already enough confusion in this saga to modernize the broadcast law, isn’t it irreverent that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took advantage of his presence at the Summit of the Americas for a private interview with Sundar Pichai, the big head of Google? Trudeau later claimed that he discussed the importance of the Internet for democracy. Critics of the C-11 bill, led by Michael Geist, rightly fear that the law poses a serious threat to democracy.
Barring a miracle, the bill won’t be adopted soon enough for the Senate to ratify it before the summer break. The law will therefore not enter into force until the autumn, almost five years after the election of the liberal government. It is shameful. The contribution of the giants of the network is not going to fall into the coffers of the state!