US fears Canada’s pending internet regulation bill could ‘discriminate’ US businesses

U.S. Trade Representative Catherine Tai yesterday expressed her concerns to Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Mary Ng, about the liberal government’s pending Internet regulation bill.

US government press release The two, announced yesterday, said they held a virtual meeting on Nov. 30 to discuss economic cooperation between Canada and the United States as well as many other North American trade issues.

“The Thai ambassador raised concerns about Canada’s proposed unilateral digital services tax and legislation pending in the Canadian parliament that could affect digital streaming services and online news sharing and could discriminate against US businesses. announced,” the press release said.

Also known as Building C-11. online streaming lawpassed the House in June and is currently under review by the Senate.

The law amends the Broadcasting Act to give Canada’s Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) powers to regulate content available to Canadians through online streaming platforms such as Netflix and YouTube. The bill’s purpose is to promote Canadian content and culture for domestic audiences.

Global Affairs Canada news release The meeting with Ng and Tai was announced yesterday, but the department did not specifically address the latter’s expressed concerns about Bill C-11.

According to a news release, the pair discussed “continued efforts to expand cross-border trade and support the growth of inclusive employment on both sides of the border,” adding that they “relevant to Canada-U.S. trade relations.” We also discussed a variety of other issues that need to be addressed.”

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Many of the online streaming giants affected by Bill C-11 petitioned the Canadian government to amend the pending legislation to its current state.

Executives from digital media companies wrote to a Senate committee in September to review the bill, asking for a broader review of the bill.

“We call on this committee to suspend,” said an executive at the Digital Media Association (DiMA), a trade group representing online giants such as YouTube, Amazon, Spotify and Apple Music.

“Bill C-11 seeks to impose a regulatory system designed for traditional broadcasters on streaming services,” DiMA wrote. “In an era of consumer choice where there is no gatekeeper to content like broadcasting, it is the wrong approach to impose this outdated system on an innovative streaming service.”

Earlier this week, some members of the Senate Standing Committee’s Transportation and Communications Committee proposed an amendment to Bill C-11 that would limit the CRTC’s regulatory reach under the law, but senators on the committee said the amendment was rejected 10-4.

Former CRTC commissioner and Epoch Times contributor Peter Menzies warned that C-11 could “open the door to state media” and turn the CRTC into a “political puppet”.

However, Legacy Minister Pablo Rodriguez said the bill was not intended to give the CRTC powers to regulate individual social media creators and the content they generate, but rather to give digital platforms the ability to control domestic audiences. It claims to force you to promote Canadian content for

Rodriguez told a Senate committee on November 22, “The bill is very simple.

Andrew Chen contributed to this report.

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Peter Wilson is a reporter based in Ontario, Canada.