In a talk between U.S. and Canada trade officials, the U.S. has made it clear it is worried about the repercussions of the Trudeau government’s bill C-11.
In a readout of the conversation between United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today met virtually with Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business, and Economic Development, Mary Ng, the U.S. trade representative expressed concerns.
“Ambassador Tai expressed concern about Canada’s proposed unilateral digital service tax and pending legislation in the Canadian Parliament that could impact digital streaming services and online news sharing and discriminate against U.S. businesses”.
Bill C-11, which was voted by the House of Commons in June and is currently undergoing Senate review, would grant extraordinary power to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), a governmental organization, to regulate content on streaming platforms such as Youtube and Netflix.
The bill would effectively give the government a say in what content is shown and promoted to Canadians, opening the door to government censorship and the promotion of state-sponsored narratives.
Experts have said the bill poses a serious danger to the freedom of Canadians. Large tech companies have vehemently opposed the legislation, and allies of Canada such as the U.S. are now warning the Trudeau government about the diplomatic dangers of the unilateral legislation.