Federal Election Debates: Party leaders must commit to reinforcing our cultural sovereignty  

Montréal, October 6th 2019 – During the election debate organized by the TVA network last Wednesday, several party leaders promised to oblige large companies active on the Web to collect GST/HST and to pay a corporate tax or a tax on their gross incomes, if their parties were elected.

The Coalition for Culture and Media (CCM) considers this to be a step in the right direction in re-establishing fiscal fairness for Canadian companies. However, party leaders must also commit to establishing more concrete measures to protect and promote our culture and media in the digital era.

 

Ensuring the future of the media : federal parties must make firm commitments

Montreal, August 30, 2019 – Political parties crossing swords during the federal election campaign must commit to re-establishing fairness between local media and the Web giants as soon as the next government takes office. This is the pressing message of the Coalition for Culture and Media alongside the Parliamentary Commission on the Future of the News Media, which should guide the Government of Quebec in presenting an action plan.

 

Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Copyright Reform – Federal political parties must commit to acting quickly

Montreal, June 26, 2019 – In the wake of the publication this morning of the report by the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Framework Review Panel and two reports on the review of the Copyright Act, in May and earlier this month, the Coalition for Culture and Media (CCM) is calling on all federal political parties to take action.

As we approach the launch of the election campaign, politicians must recognize the urgency of the situation and commit to implementing the initial elements of the reforms necessary for the survival of Canadian culture and media companies, during the next 12 months. The government cannot wait any longer. It must restore fairness between Canadian and foreign companies.

Submission presented to the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel

In this submission, the Coalition for Culture and Media presents an overview of the changes occurring in the broadcasting environment including an explanation of the typology and uses of data by platforms and other online programming companies broadcasting cultural and informational content (see appendix 3).

The coalition also proposes that the review panel recommend that the government implement interim measures this spring to support the Canadian system until the review of the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act is completed. Legislative amendments are also suggested to fill the gaps in the legislation and to impel all who benefit from the Canadian broadcasting system to contribute to the sustainability and development of Canadian cultural and media content.

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  • Appendix 3 : Tchéhouali, Destiny; Plamondon, Josée (2018), Données d’usage et usage des données à l’ère des plateformes : De la nécessité d’un encadrement réglementaire pour une meilleure affirmation de notre souveraineté numérique, Montréal, ISOC Québec pour la Coalition pour la culture et les médias (CCM)

Federal Government’s Economic Statement Significant steps, but an unsettled future

Montréal, 22 November 2018 – The Coalition for Culture and the Media welcomes the measures of support for Canadian journalism announced yesterday by Minister Morneau. The Federal government appears, for the first time, to have taken note of the scale of this sector’s problems. The measures announced, of $595 million over five years in support of news, will certainly help to slow the decline of media newsrooms.

In welcoming the Federal government’s far-from-negligible efforts, the Coalition nevertheless notes that these do not constitute a complete and global solution. Questions of regulatory and fiscal fairness remain at the heart of the problem facing Canadian media newsrooms. 

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Legislative Review of Broadcasting and Telecommunications – Coalition for Culture and Media call for interim measures

Montreal, September 28, 2018

Subject: Legislative Review of Broadcasting and Telecommunications –
Coalition for Culture and Media call for interim measures

Dear Mr. Doucet:

As you are aware, the Coalition for Culture and Media is concerned about the future of the Canadian broadcasting system and more broadly about the future of Canadian culture and media.

Fiscal Fairness in a Digital World: Quebec Kept its Promise

Montreal, June 13th, 2018 – The Coalition for Culture and Media is very pleased by the adoption of the Draft Bill 150 by the Quebec National Assembly yesterday. In virtue of the latter, the providers of intangible goods and online services – as Netflix and Spotify – will be required, as of January 1st, 2019, to collect QST on sales made in Quebec, and even if they are established outside of our borders.

“We must applaud the fact that all parties have accepted to collaborate to a swift adoption of this important and much anticipated Bill. The cultural and media community has been wishing the establishment of these measures on taxation for several months now for economic reasons, of course, but also considers that the strong political signal sent by the parliamentarians in favor of the restoration of a fiscal fairness among all the digital players is very encouraging. We hope that Ottawa will seize this opportunity and take this first step so that eventually all governments in the country could collect the taxes on all the goods sold via electronic commerce” said the coalition spokesperson.

One more step towards communications laws for the 21st century

Montreal, June 5th 2018 – The Coalition for Culture and Media welcomes the launch this morning of the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act review.  The review, expected since spring 2016 and announced officially in the 2017 Budget, was set in motion by Ministers Mélanie Joly and Navdeep Bains, who named a panel of experts to make recommendations to the government about the changes needed to adapt these two laws to the digital era.

Minister Joly’s choice of a panel of experts who have a wealth of experience to guide the updating of the Broadcasting Act, is welcome.  That said, the Coalition notes that the delay in establishing the panel and its mandate means that it will only finish its work in a year and a half – after the next election.