Netflix deal benefits foreign companies: Bloc Quebecois
A Netflix customer uses Netflix in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP / Paul Sakuma)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, November 11, 2017 12:15PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, November 11, 2017 2:15PM EST
The Bloc Quebec is asking Canada’s Competition Bureau to review the federal government’s agreement with streaming giant Netflix, saying the pact benefits foreign companies.
In a letter addressed to the Competition Commissioner, Bloc parliamentary leader Xavier Barsalou-Duval called for an investigation into the tax status granted to Netflix under the deal, which was announced in September.
The agreement has Netflix investing $500 million into the creation of Canadian content. $25 million of that is dedicated to French-language content.
Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said in October that the investment approach was taken to avoid implementing a tax on Netflix that would have seen Canadians paying more for the service.
Barsalou-Duval accused Jolie of violating the spirit of the Competition Act, creating “a dangerous precedent.”