WATCH: Reaction to Cultural Policy and Netflix Plan

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WATCH: Reaction to Cultural Policy and Netflix Plan

UPDATED September 28, 2017 3:39pmET

A Netflix promise to invest $500 million in Canadian production over the next five years — but no tax on Netflix and other online streaming services — was among the highlights of the cultural policy unveiled today by Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly:

Watch Joly’s full speech and news conference, where reporters asked about the Netflix commitment, the tax question, and the survival of local news:

New Democrats targeted the plan during today’s question period:

Conservative heritage critic Peter Van Loan released this statement:

“We are pleased that the Government chose to follow the advice of the Conservative Party in rejecting a Netflix Tax or other new taxes. This is in contrast to the Liberal majority on the Heritage Committee that called for new taxes and greater Government control of the media. The Conservative Party will continue to stand up for Canadians and on the side of consumers.

“Conservatives believe that the most important relationship in the cultural sector is between creators and their audience, and it is not the role of the Government to interfere with or distort that relationship.
“Canadian musicians, writers, actors, film-makers and others in the cultural and creative industries continue to demonstrate increasing success in the global marketplace. Canadians are proud of our country’s performers and creators.
“Canadians are showing that they have stories to tell the world, and music to perform that people everywhere want to hear. We need to continue to allow Canadians in the cultural sector to flourish and succeed – not just at home, but everywhere on the planet.
“Overall, the Government’s proposed new Cultural Policy proposes very little that is new. Despite months of hype, the policy in place remains largely unchanged from what has been in place for years.”

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-Andrew Thomson