We Choose Canada

Our public broadcaster exists to “inform, enlighten, and entertain” Canadians but it’s practically on life support after 30 years of cuts. The BBC receives $100 per person per year! Norway’s public broadcaster gets $162 per year. But CBC gets a measly $34!

Instead of funding professional Canadian journalism to tell our truth and stories, Ottawa is throwing billions at Silicon Valley monopolies that profit from spreading fake news and extremism. When you add it all up, the tax breaks and exemptions the federal government gifts to companies like Facebook and Google are worth more than double what we invest in our national public broadcaster.

We have two problems:

  • Facebook is besieging our democracy with misinformation and extreme content, at the very moment when Canadian journalism is facing extinction.
  • Unregulated broadcasters like Netflix are Americanizing our screens. They make great TV, but they aren’t required to follow the same rules Canadian broadcasters must comply with. We don’t even ask them to!

A strong CBC, and a healthy independent media with enough funding to fight misinformation and tell great Canadian stories about our communities across the land can address these two problems.

Foreign corporations can’t be trusted to put Canada’s interests first. It’s time to put the Canadian people back in charge. The future of Canadian journalism and culture should be one that we choose.

Join our campaign to put Canada back in charge of our own culture and democracy. Let’s make Silicon Valley play by our rules, and let’s double down on CBC to give us the shamelessly Canadian news and programming we need.

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#WeChooseCanada #WeChooseCBC

Federal Election Guide: What the Party Leaders are Saying

Where do the major political parties stand on protecting and enhancing our cultural sovereignty? FRIENDS has collected responses from the Conservative, Green, Liberal and New Democratic parties, because every Canadian deserves to know where our elected politicians stand on these issues.
On CBC
Will you commit to increasing CBC funding to $50 per person per year in your government’s first budget?

No response.

“A Green government will invest an additional $300 million per year in CBC and Radio Canada until the per-capita level of funding is equal to that of the BBC.” (Source: Official Platform)

No response.

“We’ll increase funding for CBC and Radio-Canada to help reverse the damage of decades of funding cuts under both Liberal and Conservative governments. Public broadcasting has a remarkable legacy of connecting all points of our country – and it needs to have an even stronger future now more than ever to help make sure that Canadians have access to accurate, relevant information no matter where they live.” (Source: Official Platform)

On Closing the Loophole
Does your party commit to closing the internet advertising tax loophole that subsidizes foreign platforms like Facebook and Google in your first budget?

No response.

“A Green government will close the loophole that exempts social media platforms from collecting taxes on advertising and ensure all government advertising is placed in Canadian publications.  Prohibit Canadian businesses from deducting the cost of advertising on foreign-owned sites such as Google and Facebook which now account for 80 per cent of all spending on advertising in Canada. We will apply a corporate tax on transnational e-commerce companies doing business in Canada by requiring the foreign vendor to register, collect and remit taxes where the product or service is consumed. The e-commerce sector — giants like Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Uber — command a significant share of the Canadian market but pay virtually no tax.” (Source: Official Platform)

No response.

“We think it’s completely unfair that there is a loophole that allows essentially a massive advantage to be given to advertising with the web giants. That to me makes no sense and it disadvantages Canadian media. That is wrong. We would end that immediately. If anything, we should encourage supporting local Canadian media and content as opposed to international. But we’ll take the first step by stopping the tax loophole, which is so unfair.” (Source: Jagmeet Singh, FRIENDS telephone town hall September 22, 2019)

On Canadian Stories
Will you commit to requiring internet broadcasters to contribute 30% of their revenues to the financing of Canadian content, just as Canadian broadcasters do? Will you require internet broadcasters like Netflix to charge HST?

“What I’m talking about is ensuring, the same way all Canadian companies pay a certain percentage of their revenues to the Canadian government, just as has always been the case, that foreign multibillion dollar corporations who are collecting hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of ad revenues, or subscription fees out of Canada pay their fair share just like any other Canadian company would do. So it’s about creating a level playing field on the corporate side of things.” (Source: Andrew Scheer press conference, Sept 30, 2019)

“A Green government will ensure that Netflix and other foreign internet broadcasters are subject to Canadian Content (CanCon) regulations, similar to those imposed on Canadian broadcasters.” (Source: Official Platform)

“We will move forward, in our first year, with legislation that will take appropriate measures to ensure that all content providers – including internet giants – offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues, contribute to the creation of Canadian content in both official languages, and promote this content and make it easily accessible on their platforms. We will make sure that multinational tech giants pay corporate tax on the revenue they generate in Canada. We will also work to achieve the standard set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to ensure that international digital corporations whose products are consumed in Canada collect and remit the same level of sales taxation as Canadian digital corporations. (Source: Official Platform)

“We will step up to make sure that Netflix, Facebook, Google, and other digital media companies play by the same rules as Canadian broadcasters. That means paying taxes, supporting Canadian content in both official languages, and taking responsibility for what appears on their platforms, just like other media outlets.” (Source: Official Platform)

On Hate Speech and Canadian Values
If it’s illegal for a Canadian broadcaster or newspaper to disseminate hate and propaganda, why is it OK for Facebook and YouTube to do the same thing? Will you commit to holding these publishers legally responsible for disseminating illegal content, just as Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Japan and others have done?

No response.

“I think we need to define [social media platforms] as publishers so they have to meet the same standards of responsibility for what gets posted on them as they would have to do if they were the Ottawa Citizen.” (Source: Elizabeth May, FRIENDS telephone town hall October 28, 2019)

“We will target online hate speech, exploitation and harassment, and do more to protect victims of hate speech. … We believe that when social media platforms are used to spread these harmful views, the platforms themselves must also be held accountable. To help stop the proliferation of violent extremism online, we will move forward with new regulations for social media platforms, starting with a requirement that all platforms remove illegal content, including hate speech, within 24 hours or face significant financial penalties.” (Source: Official Platform)

“Recognizing the threat posed by outside interference in Canadian elections, we believe that more needs to be done to stop the spread of disinformation and ‘fake news’ online. Social media platforms must be held to their responsibility to flag and remove fraudulent accounts, and to respond promptly to harassment, threats, and hate speech. No one but the people of Canada should decide – or influence – the outcome of Canadian elections.” (Source: Official Platform)

Download the We Choose 2019 Election Guide for all the talking points to tell friends, family and political candidates that you Choose Canada, and they should, too.

Where they stand

We’ve been busy tracking where the federal political parties stand on issues related to Canada’s cultural sovereignty. 
 
Party platforms – check them out here.
 
Candidate survey – We also invited the major party candidates in 21 battleground ridings across the country to expand on their party’s positions. Many candidates responded to our survey. Check out their comments below.
 
Don’t know if you’re in one of our battleground ridings? Find out here.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: BURNABY-NORTH SEYMOUR

Conservative Party

No candidate.

TERRY BEECH – LIBERAL PARTY

No response.

AMITA KUTTNER - GREEN PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
A Green government will: “Invest an additional $315 million per year in CBC and Radio Canada until the per-capita level of funding is equal to that of the BBC.” (pg. 44 of party platform). If elected, I will work to implement this Green Party policy, which will increase the per-capita funding for CBC/Radio Canada to well over $50.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
A Green government will undertake root-and-branch tax reform, including: “Prohibit Canadian businesses from deducting the cost of advertising on foreign-owned sites such as Google and Facebook which now account for 80 per cent of all spending on advertising Canada.” (pg. 37 of party platform) If elected, I will work to implement this Green Party policy, which will help level the playing field for all Canadian media companies.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
I will work on restoring fairness to our broadcasting and support Canadian storytelling in this way, and as Greens we believe:
“A vibrant, diverse media sector is a prerequisite for a healthy democracy. Traditional media are withering and disappearing from small markets due to a combination of digital and on-line competition and corporate concentration of ownership.” (pg. 44 of party platform). A Green government will: “Close the loophole that exempts social media platforms from collecting taxes on advertising and ensure all government advertising is placed in Canadian publications.” (pg. 37 of party platform). In addition, a Green government will undertake root-and-branch tax reform, including: “Apply a corporate tax on transnational e-commerce companies doing business in Canada by requiring the foreign vendor to register, collect and remit taxes where the product or service is consumed. The e-commerce sector – giants like Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Uber command a significant share of the Canadian market but pay virtually no tax.” (pg. 37 of party platform). If elected, I will work to implement these Green Party policies, which will help to ensure that all broadcasters, regardless of the technologies they are using, will contribute fairly towards support for Canadian content.

SVEND ROBINSON - NDP

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
Among 18 major Western countries, Canada was third in terms of the lowest level of per-capita public funding for public broadcasting in 2011. The NDP will increase funding for CBC and Radio-Canada to help reverse the damage of decades of funding cuts under both Liberal and Conservative governments. Public broadcasting has a remarkable legacy of connecting all points of our country and it needs to have an even stronger future now more than ever to help make sure that Canadians have access to accurate, relevant information no matter where they live.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
We fully agree.  We’ll work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act to close this loophole.  Our media landscape could be very different in ten years if we don’t take action today. The Liberals’ cozy ties with web giants have led them to not close this loophole. By not acting Liberals are exacerbating the media crisis. Worse still, 55% of the Trudeau government’s advertising budget is poured into web giants, which lines their pockets with an additional sum of over $16.8 million. We’re up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content. It’s time to close this exemption.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
Arts and culture are at the heart of who we are as Canadians. It’s how we listen and understand each other better. It’s how we connect across vast distances and celebrate our identities. And in such a diverse country, it’s how we share our incredible stories with each other in both official languages and with the entire world. Canada’s film and television industry is also a big part of our economy’s future and is at the heart of our culture in this increasingly digital era. Almost 180,000 people work in this $9 billion industry across Canada in good family-sustaining jobs. But after decades of cuts, a rapidly digitizing media landscape, and government inaction are putting Canadian arts, culture, and jobs at risk. These web giants don’t contribute to funding Canadian content in the same way that traditional media do. Canadian film, television, and media is up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content, but the Liberals have refused to take action to level the playing field. That’s why we will step up to make sure that Netflix and other digital media companies play by the same rules as Canadian broadcasters. That means paying taxes and supporting Canadian content.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: BURNABY SOUTH

JAY SHIN – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

NEELAM BRAR – LIBERAL PARTY

No response.

BRENNAN WAUTERS - GREEN PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
Yes, I would work to increase the CBC/Radio-Canada budget to 50 dollars per capita.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
Yes, I would work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act to ensure foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
Yes, if elected I would work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to ensure all broadcasters make equitable contributions to Canadian and Indigenous Storytelling.

JAGMEET SINGH - NDP

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
CBC is a public broadcaster and it tells very important stories and its journalism is a high quality and something that Canadians need. So our position is we need to fund it. I’ve come forward with our commitment, which has increased our per capita funding from $34 a year or per person per year to $50 per person per year.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
We think it’s completely unfair that there is a loophole that allows essentially a massive advantage to be given to advertising with the web giants with the social media platforms. That to me makes no sense and it disadvantages Canadian media. Effectively, Mr. Trudeau and the liberal government have been subsidizing the digital platforms and digital platforms that are, that are international foreign digital platforms. That is wrong. We would end that immediately.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
I absolutely believe what we need to do is make sure the, the, the same rules that apply to a Canadian broadcaster or a Canadian media outlet have to be the same rules that apply to international outlets.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: CENTRAL OKANAGAN-SIMILKAMEEN-NICOLA

DAN ALBAS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

MARY ANN MURPHY - LIBERAL PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
Since 2015, the Liberal government has supported CBC/Radio-Canada as an important source for accurate news and information at the local and national level.TheLiberal government restored and increased funding to support CBC/Radio-Canada with $675 million over five years, allowing them to support and promote Canadian content, and hire reporters in smaller communities.In addition, through the Canada Media Fund, the government invested$172 million to support the development of Canadian content and to create good jobs in the cultural sector, including for our writers, producers, directors, actors, and crews. Furthermore, the government committed to review and modernize the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act by appointing a panel of experts to help strengthen the future of Canadian media and content creation for creators, cultural entrepreneurs, and Canadians. And, the government supported independent journalism with an investment of$595 million, funding new initiatives such as are fundable tax credit for qualifying news organizations to support labour costs associated with producing original news content. If elected, I will work to advocate for additional supports and funding for CBC/Radio Canada to strengthenCanadian journalism and increase the available Canadian content offered through a variety of mediums.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
A Liberal government will move forward with policies to ensure that multinational tech giants pay corporate tax on the revenue they generate in Canada. We will also work to achieve the standard set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to ensure that international digital corporations whose products are consumed in Canada collect and remit the same level of sales taxation as Canadian digital corporations.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
A Liberal government will move forward, in our first year, with legislation that will take appropriate measures to ensure that all content providers–including internet giants–offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues, contribute to the creation of Canadian content in both official languages, and promote this content and make it easily accessible on their platforms. Furthermore, we will continue to support Canadian film by increasing annual funding for Telefilm Canada by nearly 50% a year.

ROBERT MELLALIEU – GREEN PARTY

No response.

JOAN PHILLIP - NDP

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
Among 18 major Western countries, Canada was third in terms of the lowest level of per-capita public funding for public broadcasting in 2011. The NDP will increase funding for CBC and Radio-Canada to help reverse the damage of decades of funding cuts under both Liberal and Conservative governments. Public broadcasting has a remarkable legacy of connecting all points of our country and it needs to have an even stronger future now more than ever to help make sure that Canadians have access to accurate, relevant information no matter where they live.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
We fully agree.  We’ll work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act to close this loophole.  Our media landscape could be very different in ten years if we don’t take action today. The Liberals’ cozy ties with web giants have led them to not close this loophole. By not acting Liberals are exacerbating the media crisis. Worse still, 55% of the Trudeau government’s advertising budget is poured into web giants, which lines their pockets with an additional sum of over $16.8 million. We’re up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content. It’s time to close this exemption.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
Arts and culture are at the heart of who we are as Canadians. It’s how we listen and understand each other better. It’s how we connect across vast distances and celebrate our identities. And in such a diverse country, it’s how we share our incredible stories with each other in both official languages and with the entire world. Canada’s film and television industry is also a big part of our economy’s future and is at the heart of our culture in this increasingly digital era. Almost 180,000 people work in this $9 billion industry across Canada in good family-sustaining jobs. But after decades of cuts, a rapidly digitizing media landscape, and government inaction are putting Canadian arts, culture, and jobs at risk. These web giants don’t contribute to funding Canadian content in the same way that traditional media do. Canadian film, television, and media is up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content, but the Liberals have refused to take action to level the playing field. That’s why we will step up to make sure that Netflix and other digital media companies play by the same rules as Canadian broadcasters. That means paying taxes and supporting Canadian content. 

BRITISH COLUMBIA: KELOWNA-LAKE COUNTRY

TRACY GRAY – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

STEPHEN FURH - LIBERAL PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
I am personally a big supporter, consumer and advocate for CBC/Radio Canada. I was delighted that the Liberal government invested $675 million in the CBC in 2016 for 5 years. I absolutely support significant additional funding for the CBC – we need CBC to be a key content provider of Canadian artists and stories. High quality local strong Canadian journalism is key to a strong Canadian democracy. I have been a champion of our government providing support to the Canadian journalism and publications and was happy to see our efforts in Budget 2019. We need to do so much more – and I think this is a discussion that we need at the national level – finding the right balance between support and independence.

A re-elected Liberal Government will ensure that our national broadcaster continues to thrive, and we have committed to strengthening the regional mandate of CBC/Radio-Canada so that local stations can broadcast more local news. Honouring the large artist, creative and cultural population in Davenport, I am a strong supporter of the arts at the national level. I truly believe that our country becomes stronger and more connected if we are able to share our stories.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?

Yes I am happy to explore this idea and other evidence based ideas. In Budget 2019, the Liberal government has pledged more than $600 million in initiatives to support strong and independent Canadian journalism including:

  • allowing not-for-profit news organizations to receive charitable donations and issue official donation receipts;
  • creating a new refundable labour tax credit for qualifying news organizations;
  • creating a temporary non-refundable tax credit for subscriptions to Canadian digital news media;
  • initiatives to support local journalism in underserved communities.

Over the last couple of years, I have championed taxing the FAANGs – and am delighted it is in the Liberal 2019 platform. I think we should go one step further to use the dollars collected to support Canadian culture and artists. I’d look to other countries for a model that may work in Canada.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
Yes – I absolutely agree. Canadian broadcasters have been left to compete with corporations like Netflix, who for too long have not paid the fair amount that they should be paying to operate within Canada. They characterize themselves as platforms, not broadcasters, and thus find themselves exempt from having to pay fees associated to being a broadcaster. If re-elected, I will work to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order and create a mechanism to ensure that the funds collected from the amendment would go directly back into supporting Canadian creators, storytellers and Canadian content.

In addition, a first year of a Liberal mandate, we will table a bill to ensure all players, including web giants, contribute to the creation of local content, offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues, contribute to the creation of Canadian content in both official languages, and promote this content and make it easily accessible on their platforms.

To ensure a level playing field, a re-elected Liberal government will ensure that multinational tech giants pay corporate tax on the revenue they generate in Canada. We will also work to achieve the standard set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to ensure that international digital corporations whose products are consumed in Canada collect and remit the same level of sales taxation as Canadian digital corporations.

And to ensure that Canada’s creative and cultural industries continue to thrive, our Liberal platform includes critical measures like:

  • Continuing to support Canadian film by increasing annual funding for Telefilm Canada by nearly 50 per cent a year;
  • Reviewing our national museums policy to make sure that people can access Canadian history across the country, with better access to digital collections; and will move forward with making the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre into a national museum
  • Introducing a new Cultural Diplomacy strategy, with at least one international mission each year to promote Canadian culture and creators around the world; and
  • Introducing the Culture Pass, a $200 credit every child will receive at age 12, to be used to access theatres, museums, galleries, workshops, and other cultural venues and local Canadian content.

TRAVIS ASHLEY – GREEN PARTY

No response.

JUSTIN KULIK - NDP

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
The NDP has always been a strong defender of the CBC. The following is a commitment form the Platform:
We’ll increase funding for CBC and Radio-Canada to help reverse the damage of decades of funding cuts under both Liberal and Conservative governments. Public broadcasting has a remarkable legacy of connecting all points of our country and it needs to have an even stronger future now more than ever to help make sure that Canadians have access to accurate, relevant information no matter where they live. We will make sure that arts and cultural institutions receive stable, long-term funding to grow and promote Canada’s diverse cultures and histories. We will also extend support to Canadian media to assist them in making the digital transition. Jagmeet Singh has publicly stated that an NDP government would make the increase to $50 per capita.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
Most Canadians now get their news from Facebook and Netflix is the largest broadcaster in the country. But these web giants don’t pay the same taxes, or contribute to funding Canadian content in the same way that traditional media do. Canadian film, television, and media is up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content but the Liberals have refused to take action to level the playing field. That’s why we will step up to make sure that Netflix, Facebook, Google, and other digital media companies play by the same rules as Canadian broadcasters. That means paying taxes, supporting Canadian content in both official languages, and taking responsibility for what appears on their platforms – just like other media outlets. The NDP have committed to closing the tax loop holes so these large companies pay their share of taxes.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
As confirmed by NDP leader, Jagmeet Singh on Sept 22 at the Town Hall call in with Friends of CBC, the NDP is committed to supporting local Canadian journalism by making sure that the laws that apply, don’t advantage foreign companies but are applied to benefit local Canadian content.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: SOUTH OKANAGAN-WEST KOOTENAY

HELEN KONANZ – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

CONSTANCE DENESIUM- LIBERAL PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?

As a Liberal, I will always work to protect, promote, and strengthen our culture. It brings people together and makes us strong. I am a strong supporter of CBC/Radio-Canada. Our national broadcaster plays an essential role in bringing local, provincial and national news to Canadians in regions across the country, including in communities served by no other media outlets. CBC/Radio-Canada also creates and drives quality Canadian content. Under Stephen Harper, the Conservatives cut our public broadcaster’s budget time and again. The effects were dramatic: many communities could not get the news they counted on. Andrew Scheer will follow in the footsteps of Conservatives like Stephen Harper and Doug Ford- cutting the services that Canadians depend on. In the last 4 years, the Liberal Government reinvested $675M to strengthen CBC/Radio-Canada and repair the damage done under the Conservatives. A re-elected Liberal Government will ensure that our national broadcaster continues to thrive, and we have committed to strengthening the regional mandate of CBC/Radio-Canada so that local stations can broadcast more local news

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?

As your local MP, I will always advocate to ensure that our community has access to reliable and accurate news coverage. An active, professional, reliable and independent press is necessary for our democracy to function properly. I also recognize that journalism in Canada is facing industry-wide challenges brought about by the rise of digital media and platforms, and their impact on business models and traditional revenue sources.

In the last 4 years, the Liberal government has pledged more than $600 million in initiatives to support strong and independent Canadian journalism including:

  • allowing not-for-profit news organizations to receive charitable donations and issue official donation receipts;
  • creating a new refundable labour tax credit for qualifying news organizations;
  • creating a temporary non-refundable tax credit for subscriptions to Canadian digital news media;
  • initiatives to support local journalism in underserved communities.

While Conservatives continue to attack independent media outlets like CBC/Radio-Canada, Liberals believe that a strong, independent media is necessary to hold government to account and we will always stand up to ensure that all Canadians have access to the facts they need. We are always open to new ideas and fact-driven solutions to continue advancing this critical work.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?

In a first year of a Liberal mandate, we will table a bill to ensure all players, including web giants, contribute to the creation of local content, offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues, contribute to the creation of Canadian content in both official languages, and promote this content and make it easily accessible on their platforms. To ensure a level playing field, a re-elected Liberal government will ensure that multinational tech giants pay corporate tax on the revenue they generate in Canada. We will also work to achieve the standard set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to ensure that international digital corporations whose products are consumed in Canada collect and remit the same level of sales taxation as Canadian digital corporations.

And to ensure that Canada’s creative and cultural industries continue to thrive, our Liberal platform includes critical measures like:

  • Continuing to support Canadian film by increasing annual funding for Telefilm Canada by nearly 50 per cent a year;
  • Reviewing our national museums policy to make sure that people can access Canadian history across the country, with better access to digital collections; and will move forward with making the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre into a national museum
  • Introducing a new Cultural Diplomacy strategy, with at least one international mission each year to promote Canadian culture and creators around the world; and
  • Introducing the Culture Pass, a $200 credit every child will receive at age 12, to be used to access theatres, museums, galleries, workshops, and other cultural venues and local Canadian content;

While Andrew Scheer has no plan to protect and promote Canadian culture, Liberals will always stand up for our incredible Canadian stories and artists- both at home and around the world.

TARA HOWSE - GREEN PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
The Green Party platform supports increasing funding to the equivalent per capita funding of the BBC.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
YES. Tax inequality and evasion are a big reason I am running and this is one clear line item that we have in our budget.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
YES – and also to have explicit Indigenous opportunities.

RICHARD CANNINGS – NDP

No response.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: SOUTH SURREY-WHITE ROCK

KERRY-LYNNE D. FINDLAY – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

GORDIE HOGG – LIBERAL PARTY

No response.

BEVERLY PIXIE J. HOBBY – GREEN PARTY

No response.

STEPHEN CROZIER – NDP
ALBERTA: CALGARY CENTRE

GREG MCLEAN – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

KENT HERR - LIBERAL PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
Last election, I beat the Conservative by only 1%. This election will be no different, and I will need the support of every progressive in Calgary Centre to again defeat the Conservative candidate and ensure that the CBC continues to be supported by the federal government. As a Liberal, I will always work to protect, promote, and strengthen our culture. It brings people together and makes us strong. I am a strong supporter of CBC/Radio-Canada. Our national broadcaster plays an essential role in bringing local, provincial and national news to Canadians in regions across the country, including in communities served by no other media outlets. CBC/Radio-Canada also creates and drives quality Canadian content. Under Stephen Harper, the Conservatives cut our public broadcaster’s budget time and again. The effects were dramatic: many communities could not get the news they counted on. Andrew Scheer will follow in the footsteps of Conservatives like Stephen Harper and Doug Ford- cutting the services that Canadians depend on. In the last 4 years, the Liberal Government reinvested $675M to strengthen CBC/Radio-Canada and repair the damage done under the Conservatives. A re-elected Liberal Government will ensure that our national broadcaster continues to thrive, and we have committed to strengthening the regional mandate of CBC/Radio-Canada so that local stations can broadcast more local news.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
If re-elected as your MP for Calgary Centre, I will always advocate to ensure that our community has access to reliable and accurate news coverage. An active, professional, reliable and independent press is necessary for our democracy to function properly. I also recognize that journalism in Canada is facing industry-wide challenges brought about by the rise of digital media and platforms, and their impact on business models and traditional revenue sources.

In the last 4 years, our Liberal government has pledged more than $600 million in initiatives to support strong and independent Canadian journalism including:

  • allowing not-for-profit news organizations to receive charitable donations and issue official donation receipts;
  • creating a new refundable labour tax credit for qualifying news organizations;
  • creating a temporary non-refundable tax credit for subscriptions to Canadian digital news media;
  • initiatives to support local journalism in underserved communities.

While Conservatives continue to attack independent media outlets like CBC/Radio-Canada, Liberals believe that a strong, independent media is necessary to hold government to account and we will always stand up to ensure that all Canadians have access to the facts they need. We are always open to new ideas and fact-driven solutions to continue advancing this critical work.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?

In a first year of a Liberal mandate, we will table a bill to ensure all players, including web giants, contribute to the creation of local content, offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues, contribute to the creation of Canadian content in both official languages, and promote this content and make it easily accessible on their platforms.

To ensure a level playing field, a re-elected Liberal government will ensure that multinational tech giants pay corporate tax on the revenue they generate in Canada. We will also work to achieve the standard set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to ensure that international digital corporations whose products are consumed in Canada collect and remit the same level of sales taxation as Canadian digital corporations.

And to ensure that Canada’s creative and cultural industries continue to thrive, our Liberal platform includes critical measures like:

  • Continuing to support Canadian film by increasing annual funding for Telefilm Canada by nearly 50 per cent a year;
  • Reviewing our national museums policy to make sure that people can access Canadian history across the country, with better access to digital collections; and will move forward with making the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre into a national museum
  • Introducing a new Cultural Diplomacy strategy, with at least one international mission each year to promote Canadian culture and creators around the world; and
  • Introducing the Culture Pass, a $200 credit every child will receive at age 12, to be used to access theatres, museums, galleries, workshops, and other cultural venues and local Canadian content;

While Andrew Scheer has no plan to protect and promote Canadian culture, Liberals will always stand up for our incredible Canadian stories and artists — both at home and around the world.

THANA BOONLERT – GREEN PARTY

No response yet.

JESSICA BURESI – NDP

No response.

ALBERTA: CALGARY CONFEDERATION

ALL CANDIDATES

No responses.

ALBERTA: EDMONTON CENTRE

ALL CANDIDATES

No responses.

ALBERTA: EDMONTON-STRATHCONA

SAM LILLY – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

ELEANOR OLSZEWSKI – LIBERAL PARTY

No response.

GREEN PARTY

No candidate.

HEATHER MCPHERSON - NDP

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
Yes. We are grossly underfunding CBC/Radio Canada. A NDP government will increase funding for CBC and Radio-Canada to help reverse the damage of decades of funding cuts under both Liberal and Conservative governments. Public broadcasting has a remarkable legacy of connecting all points of our country – and it needs to have an even stronger future now more than ever to help make sure that Canadians have access to accurate, relevant information no matter where they live. We will make sure that arts and cultural institutions, with the CBC/Radio Canada being the most important of these, receive stable, long-term funding to grow and promote Canada’s diverse cultures and histories. We will also extend support to Canadian media to assist them in making the digital transition. Critically, the NDP will hold our government to account on this issue regardless of our role in government.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
Yes. Most Canadians now get their news from Facebook, and Netflix is the largest broadcaster in the country. But these web giants don’t pay the same taxes, or contribute to funding Canadian content in the same way that traditional media do. Canadian film, television, and media is up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content but the Liberals have refused to take action to level the playing field. We will step up to make sure that Netflix, Facebook, Google, and other digital media companies play by the same rules as Canadian broadcasters. That means paying taxes, supporting Canadian content in both official languages, and taking responsibility for what appears on their platforms—just like other media outlets.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
Yes. Arts and culture are at the heart of who we are as Canadians. It’s how we listen and understand each other better. It’s how we connect across vast distances and celebrate our identities. And in such a diverse country, it’s how we share our incredible stories with each other in both official languages and with the entire world. Shamefully, successive Conservative and Liberal governments have favoured corporate lobbyists instead of everyday Canadians when it comes to our vital cultural institutions like the CBC/Radio Canada.

ONTARIO: DAVENPORT

SANJAY BHATIA – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

JULIE DZEROWICZ - LIBERAL PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
I am personally a big supporter, consumer and advocate for CBC/Radio Canada. I was delighted that the Liberal government invested $675 million in the CBC in 2016 for 5 years. I absolutely support significant additional funding for the CBC – we need CBC to be a key content provider of Canadian artists and stories. High quality local strong Canadian journalism is key to a strong Canadian democracy. I have been a champion of our government providing support to the Canadian journalism and publications and was happy to see our efforts in Budget 2019. We need to do so much more – and I think this is a discussion that we need at the national level – finding the right balance between support and independence. A re-elected Liberal Government will ensure that our national broadcaster continues to thrive, and we have committed to strengthening the regional mandate of CBC/Radio-Canada so that local stations can broadcast more local news Honouring the large artist, creative and cultural population in Davenport, I am a strong supporter of the arts at the national level. I truly believe that our country becomes stronger and more connected if we are able to share our stories.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
Yes I am happy to explore this idea and other evidence based ideas. In Budget 2019, the Liberal government has pledged more than $600 million in initiatives to support strong and independent Canadian journalism including:

  • allowing not-for-profit news organizations to receive charitable donations and issue official donation receipts;
  • creating a new refundable labour tax credit for qualifying news organizations;
  • creating a temporary non-refundable tax credit for subscriptions to Canadian digital news media;
  • initiatives to support local journalism in underserved communities.

Over the last couple of years, I have championed taxing the FAANGs – and am delighted it is in the Liberal 2019 platform. I think we should go one step further to use the dollars collected to support Canadian culture and artists. I’d look to other countries for a model that may work in Canada.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
Yes – I absolutely agree. Canadian broadcasters have been left to compete with corporations like Netflix, who for too long have not paid the fair amount that they should be paying to operate within Canada. They characterize themselves as platforms, not broadcasters, and thus find themselves exempt from having to pay fees associated to being a broadcaster. If re-elected, I will work to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order and create a mechanism to ensure that the funds collected from the amendment would go directly back into supporting Canadian creators, storytellers and Canadian content.

In addition, a first year of a Liberal mandate, we will table a bill to ensure all players, including web giants, contribute to the creation of local content, offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues, contribute to the creation of Canadian content in both official languages, and promote this content and make it easily accessible on their platforms. To ensure a level playing field, a re-elected Liberal government will ensure that multinational tech giants pay corporate tax on the revenue they generate in Canada. We will also work to achieve the standard set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to ensure that international digital corporations whose products are consumed in Canada collect and remit the same level of sales taxation as Canadian digital corporations.

And to ensure that Canada’s creative and cultural industries continue to thrive, our Liberal platform includes critical measures like:

  • Continuing to support Canadian film by increasing annual funding for Telefilm Canada by nearly 50 per cent a year;
  • Reviewing our national museums policy to make sure that people can access Canadian history across the country, with better access to digital collections; and will move forward with making the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre into a national museum;
  • Introducing a new Cultural Diplomacy strategy, with at least one international mission each year to promote Canadian culture and creators around the world; and
  • Introducing the Culture Pass, a $200 credit every child will receive at age 12, to be used to access theatres, museums, galleries, workshops, and other cultural venues and local Canadian content.

HANNAH CONOVER-ARTHURS – GREEN PARTY

No response.

ANDREW CASH - NDP

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
Among 18 major Western countries, Canada was third in terms of the lowest level of per-capita public funding for public broadcasting in 2011. The NDP will increase funding for CBC and Radio-Canada to help reverse the damage of decades of funding cuts under both Liberal and Conservative governments. Public broadcasting has a remarkable legacy of connecting all points of our country and it needs to have an even stronger future now more than ever to help make sure that Canadians have access to accurate, relevant information no matter where they live.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
We fully agree. We’ll work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act to close this loophole. Our media landscape could be very different in ten years if we don’t take action today. The Liberals’ cozy ties with web giants have led them to not close this loophole. By not acting Liberals are exacerbating the media crisis. Worse still, 55% of the Trudeau government’s advertising budget is poured into web giants, which lines their pockets with an additional sum of over $16.8 million. We’re up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content. It’s time to close this exemption.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
Arts and culture are at the heart of who we are as Canadians. It’s how we listen and understand each other better. It’s how we connect across vast distances and celebrate our identities. And in such a diverse country, it’s how we share our incredible stories with each other in both official languages and with the entire world. Canada’s film and television industry is also a big part of our economy’s future and is at the heart of our culture in this increasingly digital era. Almost 180,000 people work in this $9 billion industry across Canada in good family-sustaining jobs. But after decades of cuts, a rapidly digitizing media landscape, and government inaction are putting Canadian arts, culture, and jobs at risk. These web giants don’t contribute to funding Canadian content in the same way that traditional media do. Canadian film, television, and media is up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content, but the Liberals have refused to take action to level the playing field. That’s why we will step up to make sure that Netflix and other digital media companies play by the same rules as Canadian broadcasters. That means paying taxes and supporting Canadian content.

ONTARIO: DON VALLEY WEST

YVONNE ROBERTSON – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response yet.

ROB OLIPHANT - LIBERAL PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
I am a strong supporter of CBC/Radio-Canada. Our national broadcaster plays an essential role in bringing local, provincial and national news to Canadians in regions across the country, including in communities that are not served by any other media outlets. Under Stephen Harper, the Conservatives cut our public broadcaster’s budget. The effects were dramatic: many communities could not get the news they counted on. Andrew Scheer will follow in the footsteps of Conservatives like Stephen Harper and Doug Ford- cutting the services that Canadians depend on. In the last four years, we reinvested $675 million to strengthen CBC/Radio-Canada and repair the damage done under the Conservatives. A re-elected Liberal Government will ensure that our national broadcaster continues to thrive. In addition, we have committed to strengthening the regional mandate of CBC/Radio-Canada so that local stations can broadcast more local news.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
As the member for Don Valley West, I will always advocate to ensure that our community has access to reliable and accurate news coverage. An active, reliable and independent press is necessary for our democracy to function properly. I also recognize that journalism in Canada is facing industry-wide challenges brought about by the rise of digital media and platforms, and their impact on business models and traditional revenue sources. In the last four years, the Liberal government has pledged more than $600 million in initiatives to support strong and independent Canadian journalism. We believe that a strong, independent media is necessary to hold government accountable. We will always stand up to ensure that all Canadians have access to the facts they need.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?

Canadians from coast to coast to coast have unique and profound stories to tell. These stories shape the narrative that influences how our nation views and defines itself and the many diverse communities that make it up. That is why it is essential that we continue to take meaningful steps to support the production of Canadian stories and media. If re-elected we will table a bill to ensure that all key stakeholders, including web giants, contribute to the creation of local content, offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues, contribute to the creation of Canadian content in both official languages, and promote this content and make it easily accessible on their platforms.

We will ensure that multinational tech giants pay corporate tax on the revenue they generate in Canada. We will also work to achieve the standard set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to ensure that international digital corporations whose products are consumed in Canada collect and remit the same level of sales taxation as Canadian digital corporations.To ensure that Canada’s creative and cultural industries continue to thrive, our platform includes critical measures such as, continuing to support Canadian film by increasing annual funding for Telefilm Canada by nearly 50 per cent a year and introducing a new Cultural Diplomacy strategy, with at least one international mission each year to promote Canadian culture and creators around the world. As Liberals, we will continue to stand up for our incredible Canadian stories and artists- both at home and around the world.

AMANDA KISTINDEY – GREEN PARTY

No response.

LAUREL MACDOWELL – NDP

No response.

ONTARIO: HAMILTON WEST-ANCASTER-DUNDAS

ALL CANDIDATES

No responses.

ONTARIO: LONDON-FANSHAWE

MICHAEL VAN HOLST – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

MOHAMED HAMMOUD - LIBERAL PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
As a Liberal, I will always work to protect, promote, and strengthen our culture. It brings people together and makes us stronger as a community. I am a strong supporter of CBC/Radio-Canada. Our national broadcaster plays an essential role in bringing local, provincial and national news to Canadians in regions across the country, including in communities served by no other media outlets. CBC/Radio-Canada also creates and drives quality Canadian content.

Under Stephen Harper, the Conservatives cut our public broadcaster’s budget time and again. The effects were dramatic: many communities could not get the news they counted on. Andrew Scheer will follow in the footsteps of Conservatives like Stephen Harper and Doug Ford- cutting the services that Canadians depend on. In the last 4 years, the Liberal Government reinvested $675M to strengthen CBC/Radio-Canada and repair the damage done under the Conservatives. A re-elected Liberal Government will ensure that our national broadcaster continues to thrive, and we have committed to strengthening the regional mandate of CBC/Radio-Canada so that local stations can broadcast more local news.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?

As your local MP here in London-Fanshawe, I will always advocate to ensure that our community has access to reliable and accurate news coverage. An active, professional, reliable and independent press is necessary for our democracy to function properly. I also recognize that journalism in Canada is facing industry-wide challenges brought about by the rise of digital media and platforms, and their impact on business models and traditional revenue sources.

In the last 4 years, the Liberal government has pledged more than $600 million in initiatives to support strong and independent Canadian journalism including:

  • allowing not-for-profit news organizations to receive charitable donations and issue official donation receipts;
  • creating a new refundable labour tax credit for qualifying news organizations;
  • creating a temporary non-refundable tax credit for subscriptions to Canadian digital news media;
  • initiatives to support local journalism in underserved communities.

While Conservatives continue to attack independent media outlets like CBC/Radio-Canada, Liberals believe that a strong, independent media is necessary to hold government to account and we will always stand up to ensure that all Canadians have access to the facts they need. We are always open to new ideas and fact-driven solutions to continue advancing this critical work.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
In a first year of a Liberal mandate, we will table a bill to ensure all players, including web giants, contribute to the creation of local content, offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues, contribute to the creation of Canadian content in both official languages, and promote this content and make it easily accessible on their platforms.

To ensure a level playing field, a re-elected Liberal government will ensure that multinational tech giants pay corporate tax on the revenue they generate in Canada. We will also work to achieve the standard set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to ensure that international digital corporations whose products are consumed in Canada collect and remit the same level of sales taxation as Canadian digital corporations.

And to ensure that Canada’s creative and cultural industries continue to thrive, our Liberal platform includes critical measures like:

  • Continuing to support Canadian film by increasing annual funding for Telefilm Canada by nearly 50 per cent a year;
  • Reviewing our national museums policy to make sure that people can access Canadian history across the country, with better access to digital collections; and will move forward with making the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre into a national museum
  • Introducing a new Cultural Diplomacy strategy, with at least one international mission each year to promote Canadian culture and creators around the world; and
  • Introducing the Culture Pass, a $200 credit every child will receive at age 12, to be used to access theatres, museums, galleries, workshops, and other cultural venues and local Canadian content;

While Andrew Scheer has no plan to protect and promote Canadian culture, Liberals will always stand up for our incredible Canadian stories and artists- both at home and around the world.

TOM CULL – GREEN PARTY

No response.

LINDSAY MATHYSSEN - NDP

We’ll increase funding for CBC and Radio-Canada to help reverse the damage of decades of funding cuts under both Liberal and Conservative governments. Public broadcasting has a remarkable legacy of connecting all points of our country and it needs to have an even stronger future now more than ever to help make sure that Canadians have access to accurate, relevant information no matter where they live.

Most Canadians now get their news from Facebook and Netflix is the largest broadcaster in the country. But these web giants don’t pay the same taxes, or contribute to funding Canadian content in the same way that traditional media do. Canadian film, television, and media is up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content but the Liberals have refused to take action to level the playing field.

That’s why we will step up to make sure that Netflix, Facebook, Google, and other digital media companies play by the same rules as Canadian broadcasters. That means paying taxes, supporting Canadian content in both official languages, and taking responsibility for what appears on their platforms – just like other media outlets.

ONTARIO: LONDON WEST

LIZ SNELGROVE – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

KATE YOUNG - LIBERAL PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
Our Liberal government firmly believes in the importance of having a strong national public broadcaster in CBC/Radio-Canada. That is why, in our very first Budget in 2016, we restored and increased funding with a $675 million investment over five years in the CBC after a decade of cuts under the previous government. This funding directly resulted in the creation of several CBC radio stations across the country, including one in our very own community here in London. To make sure that the CBC remains strong and forward-looking, we announced the appointment of Catherine Tait, former Canadian television and film executive, as President and CEO of CBC/ Radio-Canada.

We have also taken action to ensure that the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors consists of high-quality, non-partisan appointments. We have also implemented a plan to make the broadcaster more local, more digital, and more ambitious in its Canadian programming in order to increase its value to Canadians. Furthermore, we have taken other steps to support Canadian media and local news more broadly, including proposing investments of $50 million over five years through Budget 2018 to independent, non-governmental organizations to support local journalism in underserved communities. We’re also making investments in the Canadian Media Fund, which fosters, develops, and finances the production of Canadian content for all media platforms.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
As a formal journalist, I completely understand the importance and value of local news to Canadians. A re-elected Liberal government will continue to support local Canadian news. Our government knows that reliable journalistic content is critical to a healthy democracy, and this is something that we take very seriously. Our Liberal government previously announced that we will be modernizing our programs to better support local media in both paper and digital formats. Our approach will be to support innovation, adaptation and transition to the digital era.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
A re-elected Liberal government will make major tech players who make at least one billion dollars in revenue annually and at least $40 million in Canadian revenue pay a three percent tax on their use of ads and sale of user data. Companies that fall under this category include well-known tech giants such as Netflix, Apple, Google, and Facebook.

MARY ANN HODGE - GREEN PARTY

Few sectors have such a small ecological footprint but deliver such multi-faceted benefits to communities and our national identity as the arts and culture. A Green government will ensure that they are integral to the green economy.

  • Increase funding to all of Canada’s arts and culture organizations including the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Film Board and Telefilm Canada;
  • Review tax incentives for film production to ensure all parts of Canada are competitive and attractive to the industry, with incentives rising when Canadian artistic and technical talent are employed;
  • Implement a federal income tax credit for restoration expenditures to encourage private involvement in preserving Canada’s built heritage;
  • Establish charitable tax credits for the private donation of easements on heritage properties to charitable organizations or local governments.

A vibrant, diverse media sector is a prerequisite for a healthy democracy. Traditional media are withering and disappearing from small markets due to a combination of digital and on-line competition and corporate concentration of ownership.

A Green government will:

  • Reform anti-trust laws to enable the break-up of media conglomerates;
  • Close the loophole that exempts social media platforms from collecting taxes on advertising and ensure all government advertising is placed in Canadian publications;
  • Increase funding to CBC and Radio Canada by $315 million per year until the per-capita level of funding is equal to that of the BBC.18;
  • Reform the governance structure of CBC/Radio Canada to remove the potential for political interference in board appointments.
SHAWNA LEWKOWITZ - NDP

We’ll increase funding for CBC and Radio-Canada to help reverse the damage of decades of funding cuts under both Liberal and Conservative governments. Public broadcasting has a remarkable legacy of connecting all points of our country and it needs to have an even stronger future now more than ever to help make sure that Canadians have access to accurate, relevant information no matter where they live.

Most Canadians now get their news from Facebook and Netflix is the largest broadcaster in the country. But these web giants don’t pay the same taxes, or contribute to funding Canadian content in the same way that traditional media do. Canadian film, television, and media is up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content but the Liberals have refused to take action to level the playing field.

That’s why we will step up to make sure that Netflix, Facebook, Google, and other digital media companies play by the same rules as Canadian broadcasters. That means paying taxes, supporting Canadian content in both official languages, and taking responsibility for what appears on their platforms – just like other media outlets.

ONTARIO: OAKVILLE

TERENCE YOUNG – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

ANITA ANAND - LIBERAL PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
As a Liberal, I will always work to protect, promote, and strengthen our culture. It brings people together and makes us stronger. I am a strong supporter of CBC/Radio-Canada. Our national broadcaster plays an essential role in bringing local, provincial and national news to Canadians in regions across the country, including in communities served by no other media outlets. CBC/Radio-Canada also creates and drives quality Canadian content.

Under Stephen Harper, the Conservatives cut our public broadcaster’s budget time and time again. The effects of these cuts were dramatic: many communities could not get the news they counted on. Andrew Scheer will follow in the footsteps of Conservative leaders, like Stephen Harper and Doug Ford, by cutting the services that Canadians depend on. In the last 4 years, the Liberal Government reinvested $675M to strengthen CBC/Radio-Canada and repair the damage done under Stephen Harper and his Conservative Government. A re-elected Liberal Government will ensure that our national broadcaster continues to thrive, and we have committed to strengthening the regional mandate of CBC/Radio-Canada, so that local stations can broadcast more local news.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
As your local MP, I will always advocate to ensure that our community has access to reliable and accurate news coverage. An active, professional, reliable and independent press is necessary for our democracy to function properly. I also recognize that journalism in Canada is facing industry-wide challenges brought about by the rise of digital media and platforms, and their impact on business models and traditional revenue sources.

In the last 4 years, the Liberal Government has pledged more than $600 million in initiatives to support strong and independent Canadian journalism including: 

  • allowing not-for-profit news organizations to receive charitable donations and issue official donation receipts;
  • creating a new refundable labour tax credit for qualifying news organizations;
  • creating a temporary non-refundable tax credit for subscriptions to Canadian digital news media;
  • initiatives to support local journalism in underserved communities.

 While the Conservatives continue to attack independent media outlets like CBC/Radio-Canada, the Liberal Party believes that a strong, independent media is necessary to hold government to account and we will always stand up to ensure that all Canadians have access to the facts they need. We are always open to new ideas and fact-driven solutions to continue advancing this critical work.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
In the first year of a Liberal mandate, we will table a bill to ensure all players, including web giants, contribute to the creation of local content, offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues, contribute to the creation of Canadian content in both official languages, and promote this content and make it easily accessible on their platforms.

 To ensure a level playing field, a re-elected Liberal government will ensure that multinational tech giants pay corporate tax on the revenue they generate in Canada. We will also work to achieve the standard set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to ensure that international digital corporations, whose products are consumed in Canada, collect and remit the same level of sales taxation as Canadian digital corporations.

To ensure that Canada’s creative and cultural industries continue to thrive, our Liberal platform includes critical measures such as:

  • Continuing to support the Canadian film industry by increasing annual funding for Telefilm Canada by nearly 50 per cent a year;
  • Reviewing our National Museums Policy to ensure that people can access Canadian history across the country, with better access to digital collections; and will move forward with making the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre into a national museum
  • Introducing a new Cultural Diplomacy strategy, with at least one international mission each year to promote Canadian culture and creators around the world; and
  • Introducing the Culture Pass, a $200 credit every child will receive at age 12, to be used to access theatres, museums, galleries, workshops, and other cultural venues and local Canadian content;
  • Andrew Scheer has no plan to protect and promote Canadian culture. A re-elected Liberal government will always stand up for our incredible Canadian stories and artists – both at home and around the world.
JAMES ELWICK - GREEN PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
We would increase funding by $315million/year until the per-capita level of funding is equal to the BBC.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
We would close the loophole that exempts social media platforms from collecting taxes on advertising, and ensure all government advertising is placed in Canadian publications. Also, We would apply a corporate tax on transnational e-commerce companies doing business in Canada by requiring the foreign vendor to register, collect, and remit taxes where product or service is consumed.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
I am still waiting from GPC headquarters to hear back on this. Personally I would support this but cannot say what our official policy is on this matter.

JEROME ADAMO – NDP

No response.

ONTARIO: OTTAWA CENTRE

CAROL CLEMENHAGEN – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

CATHERINE MCKENNA - LIBERAL PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
The CBC has been a key component of Canadian culture and news reporting since its inception. The Liberal Party has always recognized this fact, and has been a strong defender of the CBC. After 10 years of cuts to the CBC from the Harper government, our government made a $675M investment in the CBC to make sure that it can continue to serve its mandate to the fullest. We also created a non-partisan appointment process for senior leadership at the CBC, to further make it clear to all Canadians that the CBC fulfills its mandate in the interest of all Canadians, without partisan bias.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
Please see question 3.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
Canada’s culture is rich and diverse. In the 21st century, we live and share our culture across many different media platforms that are sometime foreign controlled – it is essential that we make sure that Canadian stories get told not only in Canada, but around the world. If re-elected, we will introduce legislation in the first year of government to ensure that all content providers, the big internet companies included, offer meaningful Canadian content in their catalogues and contribute to the creation of content in English and in French. This commitment builds on the work we have done in the last four years to support the production of Canadian culture content and news through programs and working with content creators and undo the damage done by Stephen Harper’s cuts and neglect of Canadian culture.

We have supported Canadian media creators by investing $172 million in the Canadian Media Fund. This investment will support the creation of truly Canadian stories and provide jobs to the writers, directors and crews who devote their lives to telling these stories. In 2017, we reached an agreement with Netflix to create Netflix Canada, which will put at least $500 million into original productions in Canada over the next five years. We fought hard for a renegotiated NAFTA deal that protects our cultural industries and we have launched Canada’s Creative Export Strategy with an investment of $125 million over five years. This is the first program to promote the export of Canadian cultural products since the Conservatives eliminated Trade Routes and PromArt by the Conservatives in 2008. Our government has strongly invested in the CBC and Canadian culture. Where Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives promise more cuts, we will help Canadian cultural industries thrive and grow at home and export to foreign countries. This is what it means to choose forward.

ANGEL KELLER-HERZOG - GREEN PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
Absolutely. The Green Party Platform includes the commitment​ ​to:
“Invest an additional $300 million per year in CBC and Radio Canada until the per-capita level of funding is equal to that of the BBC.” As you know BBC spends around $100 per capita.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
Absolutely. The Green Party Platform includes the commitment​ ​to:
“Close the loophole that exempts social media platforms from collecting taxes on advertising and ensure all government advertising is placed in Canadian publications.”

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
Absolutely. The Green Party Platform includes the commitment​ ​to:
“Ensure that Netflix and other foreign internet broadcasters are subject to Canadian Content (CanCon) regulations, similar to those imposed on Canadian broadcasters.”

EMILIE TAMAN - NDP

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
Among 18 major Western countries, Canada was third in terms of the lowest level of per-capita public funding for public broadcasting in 2011. The NDP will increase funding for CBC and Radio-Canada to help reverse the damage of decades of funding cuts under both Liberal and Conservative governments. Public broadcasting has a remarkable legacy of connecting all points of our country and it needs to have an even stronger future now more than ever to help make sure that Canadians have access to accurate, relevant information no matter where they live.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
I completely agree. The NDP work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act to close this loophole. Our media landscape could be very different in ten years if we don’t take action today. The Liberals’ cozy ties with web giants have led them to not close this loophole. By not acting Liberals are exacerbating the media crisis. Worse still, 55% of the Trudeau government’s advertising budget is poured into web giants, which lines their pockets with an additional sum of over $16.8 million.

We’re up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content. It’s time to close this exemption.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
Arts and culture are at the heart of who we are as Canadians. It’s how we listen and understand each other better. It’s how we connect across vast distances and celebrate our identities. And in such a diverse country, it’s how we share our incredible stories with each other in both official languages and with the entire world. Canada’s film and television industry is also a big part of our economy’s future and is at the heart of our culture in this increasingly digital era. Almost 180,000 people work in this $9 billion industry across Canada in good family-sustaining jobs. But after decades of cuts, a rapidly digitizing media landscape, and government inaction are putting Canadian arts, culture, and jobs at risk. These web giants don’t contribute to funding Canadian content in the same way that traditional media do. Canadian film, television, and media is up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content, but the Liberals have refused to take action to level the playing field. That’s why we will step up to make sure that Netflix and other digital media companies play by the same rules as Canadian broadcasters. That means paying taxes and supporting Canadian content.

ONTARIO: PARKDALE-HIGH PARK

ADAM PHAM – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

ARIF VIRANI - LIBERAL PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
As a Liberal, I will always work to protect, promote, and strengthen our culture. It brings people together and makes us strong.
I am a strong supporter of CBC/Radio-Canada. Our national broadcaster plays an essential role in bringing local, provincial and national news to Canadians in regions across the country, including in communities served by no other media outlets. CBC/Radio-Canada also creates and drives quality Canadian content. Under Stephen Harper, the Conservatives cut our public broadcaster’s budget time and again. The effects were dramatic: many communities could not get the news they counted on.Andrew Scheer will follow in the footsteps of Conservatives like Stephen Harper and Doug Ford- cutting the services that Canadians depend on.  In the last 4 years, the Liberal Government reinvested $675M to strengthen CBC/Radio-Canada and repair the damage done under the Conservatives. A re-elected Liberal Government will ensure that our national broadcaster continues to thrive, and we have committed to strengthening the regional mandate of CBC/Radio-Canada so that local stations can broadcast more local news

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
As your local MP, I will always advocate to ensure that our community has access to reliable and accurate news coverage. An active, professional, reliable and independent press is necessary for our democracy to function properly. I also recognize that journalism in Canada is facing industry-wide challenges brought about by the rise of digital media and platforms, and their impact on business models and traditional revenue sources.


In the last 4 years, the Liberal government has pledged more than $600 million in initiatives to support strong and independent Canadian journalism including:
 
•     allowing not-for-profit news organizations to receive charitable donations and issue official donation receipts;
•     creating a new refundable labour tax credit for qualifying news organizations;
•     creating a temporary non-refundable tax credit for subscriptions to Canadian digital news media;
•     initiatives to support local journalism in underserved communities.
 
WhileConservatives continue to attack independent media outlets like CBC/Radio-Canada, Liberals believe that a strong, independent media is necessary to hold government to account and we will always stand up to ensure that all Canadians have access to the facts they need. We are always open to new ideas and fact-driven solutions to continue advancing this critical work.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
In a first year of a Liberal mandate, we will table a bill to ensure all players, including web giants, contribute to the creation of local content, offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues, contribute to the creation of Canadian content in both official languages, and promote this content and make it easily accessible on their platforms.

To ensure a level playing field, a re-elected Liberal government will ensure that multinational tech giants pay corporate tax on the revenue they generate in Canada. We will also work to achieve the standard set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to ensure that international digital corporations whose products are consumed in Canada collect and remit the same level of sales taxation as Canadian digital corporations.

And to ensure that Canada’s creative and cultural industries continue to thrive, our Liberal platform includes critical measures like:

  • Continuing to support Canadian film by increasing annual funding for Telefilm Canada by nearly 50 per cent a year;
  • Reviewing our national museums policy to make sure that people can access Canadian history across the country, with better access to digital collections; and will move forward with making the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre into a national museum
  • Introducing a new Cultural Diplomacy strategy, with at least one international mission each year to promote Canadian culture and creators around the world; and
  • Introducing the Culture Pass, a $200 credit every child will receive at age 12, to be used to access theatres, museums, galleries, workshops, and other cultural venues and local Canadian content.

While Andrew Scheer has no plan to protect and promote Canadian culture, Liberals will always stand up for our incredible Canadian stories and artists- both at home and around the world. 

NICK CAPRA - GREEN PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
No. I’d work to increase it to $100 per capita, in line with our national platform. The Green Party promises to raise funding to CBC and Radio-Canada by $315 million each year until the per-capita level is equal to that of the BBC, currently the equivalent of about C$100. The price of an espresso per week for a public broadcaster whose cultural programming and local, regional and national journalism are crucial to defining and entertaining our country and protecting our democracy.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
Again, this is part of the Green platform. We would close the loophole that exempts social media platforms from collecting taxes on advertising. We also would ensure all government advertising is placed in Canadian publications. Foreign digital advertising expenses should be non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
We know that Netflix and others make a lot of original content, and that there is a wealth of Canadian talent. It’s time to put the two together and showcase Canadian and Indigenous creators on global platforms. Upon completing this survey, I realize how aligned the Green party and I are with the goals and concerns of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. The CRTC should amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to ensure that all broadcasters make fair contributions to Canadian storytelling. In addition to that, multinational tech giants must contribute to whatever jurisdiction they are operating and profiting within.

Other related Green Party policies:

  • Reform antitrust laws to enable the break-up of media conglomerates;
  • Reform the governance structure of CBC/Radio-Canada to remove the potential for political interference.
PAUL TAYLOR - NDP

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
Among 18 major Western countries, Canada was third in terms of the lowest level of per-capita public funding for public broadcasting in 2011. The NDP will increase funding for CBC and Radio-Canada to help reverse the damage of decades of funding cuts under both Liberal and Conservative governments. Public broadcasting has a remarkable legacy of connecting all points of our country and it needs to have an even stronger future now more than ever to help make sure that Canadians have access to accurate, relevant information no matter where they live.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
We fully agree.  We’ll work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act to close this loophole.  Our media landscape could be very different in ten years if we don’t take action today. The Liberals’ cozy ties with web giants have led them to not close this loophole. By not acting Liberals are exacerbating the media crisis. Worse still, 55% of the Trudeau government’s advertising budget is poured into web giants, which lines their pockets with an additional sum of over $16.8 million.

We’re up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content. It’s time to close this exemption. 

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
Arts and culture are at the heart of who we are as Canadians. It’s how we listen and understand each other better. It’s how we connect across vast distances and celebrate our identities. And in such a diverse country, it’s how we share our incredible stories with each other in both official languages and with the entire world. Canada’s film and television industry is also a big part of our economy’s future and is at the heart of our culture in this increasingly digital era. Almost 180,000 people work in this $9 billion industry across Canada in good family-sustaining jobs. But after decades of cuts, a rapidly digitizing media landscape, and government inaction are putting Canadian arts, culture, and jobs at risk. These web giants don’t contribute to funding Canadian content in the same way that traditional media do. Canadian film, television, and media is up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content, but the Liberals have refused to take action to level the playing field. That’s why we will step up to make sure that Netflix and other digital media companies play by the same rules as Canadian broadcasters. That means paying taxes and supporting Canadian content.

ONTARIO: PETERBOROUGH-KAWARTHA
MICHAEL SKINNER - CONSERVATIVE PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?

No response.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
While we do not believe Canadians should pay more to watch Netflix, we know that services on the internet represent a growing part of the Canadian and global economy and foreign-owned technology companies aren’t subject to the same regulations as Canadian companies. Conservatives believe in a level playing field and that public policy should keep up with a rapidly changing marketplace. Yes, I support modernization of Section 19. It is also noteworthy that the Conservative platform is recognizing that Netflix and other digital media are broadcasters and should be treated as such.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
As noted above, we know that services on the internet represent a growing part of the Canadian and global economy and foreign-owned technology companies aren’t subject to the same regulations as Canadian companies. Conservatives believe in a level playing field and that public policy should keep up with a rapidly changing marketplace. More will be forthcoming in our full platform

MARYAM MONSEF - LIBERAL PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
Canadian public broadcasting is vital to Canada. It’s vital if we want to support and strengthen our common identity as Canadians. It’s vital if we want to sustain a high level of journalistic integrity in broadcasting the news. And it’s vital if want to foster responsible civic discourse in our democracy. That’s why I’m a strong supporter of the CBC and Canadian journalism. Yet, under Stephen Harper, the Conservatives slashed the annual budget of CBC/Radio-Canada by $170 million, seriously undermining our national broadcaster’s ability to fulfill its mandate. Harper’s successor as Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer, won his party’s leadership while pledging to eliminate the news division at the CBC. During the last election campaign, we promised to remain steadfast in our commitment to reverse the Harper cuts while providing stable funding for CBC/Radio-Canada. I’m proud to say that the Liberal government delivered on that commitment. More recently, we’ve also provided $600 million in support of local, Canadian journalism. When Canadian content and our culture were under threat in the NAFTA negotiations, we defended Canadian culture against the demands of the Trump administration, achieving a general cultural exemption in the new NAFTA. We stood up for Canada and Canadian culture, and we held firm. I believe Canadian culture and journalism is always worth defending. I also believe we have more work to do to keep moving forward in supporting the CBC and Canadian journalism. A re-elected Liberal government will remain genuinely committed to a strong and independent CBC, and will continue to invest in their success.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
Liberals are committed to ending the free ride for tech giants. To encourage greater competition in the digital marketplace, a re-elected Liberal government will move forward with new regulations for large digital companies, overseen by a newly-created Data Commissioner. We will particularly ensure that multinational tech giants pay corporate tax on the revenue they generate in Canada. We will also work to achieve the standard set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to ensure that international digital corporations whose products are consumed in Canada collect and remit the same level of sales taxation as Canadian digital corporations.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
A re-elected Liberal government would move forward, in the first year of its mandate, with legislation taking appropriate measures to ensure that all content providers – including internet giants – offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues. The legislation will also ensure that all content providers contribute to the creation of Canadian content (in both official languages), while promoting that content and making it easily accessible on their platforms.

ANDREW MCGREGOR – GREEN PARTY

No response.

CANDACE SHAW - NDP

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
Among 18 major Western countries, Canada was third in terms of the lowest level of per-capita public funding for public broadcasting in 2011. The NDP will increase funding for CBC and Radio-Canada to help reverse the damage of decades of funding cuts under both Liberal and Conservative governments. Public broadcasting has a remarkable legacy of connecting all points of our country and it needs to have an even stronger future now more than ever to help make sure that Canadians have access to accurate, relevant information no matter where they live.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
We fully agree.  We’ll work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act to close this loophole. Our media landscape could be very different in ten years if we don’t take action today. The Liberals’ cozy ties with web giants have led them to not close this loophole. By not acting Liberals are exacerbating the media crisis. Worse still, 55% of the Trudeau government’s advertising budget is poured into web giants, which lines their pockets with an additional sum of over $16.8 million. We’re up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content. It’s time to close this exemption.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
Arts and culture are at the heart of who we are as Canadians. It’s how we listen and understand each other better. It’s how we connect across vast distances and celebrate our identities. And in such a diverse country, it’s how we share our incredible stories with each other in both official languages and with the entire world. Canada’s film and television industry is also a big part of our economy’s future and is at the heart of our culture in this increasingly digital era. Almost 180,000 people work in this $9 billion industry across Canada in good family-sustaining jobs. But after decades of cuts, a rapidly digitizing media landscape, and government inaction are putting Canadian arts, culture, and jobs at risk. These web giants don’t contribute to funding Canadian content in the same way that traditional media do. Canadian film, television, and media is up against a tidal wave of well-funded American content, but the Liberals have refused to take action to level the playing field. That’s why we will step up to make sure that Netflix and other digital media companies play by the same rules as Canadian broadcasters. That means paying taxes and supporting Canadian content.

ONTARIO: TORONTO-DANFORTH

ZIA CHOUDHARY – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

JULIE DABRUSIN – LIBERAL PARTY

CHRIS TOLLEY – GREEN PARTY

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ONTARIO: WATERLOO

JERRY ZHANG – CONSERVATIVE PARTY

No response.

BARDISH CHAGGER - LIBERAL PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
As a Canadian by birth and a Liberal by choice, I will always work to protect, promote, and strengthen our culture. It brings Canadians together and makes our country strong. I am a strong supporter of the CBC. Our national broadcaster plays an essential role in bringing local, provincial and national news to Canadians in regions across the country, including in communities served by no other media outlets. The CBC also creates and drives quality Canadian content. Under the previous government, they made cuts to our public broadcaster’s budget time and again. The effects were dramatic: many communities could not get the news they counted on. In the last 4 years, the Liberal Government reinvested $675M to strengthen the CBC and Radio-Canada and repair the damage done under the Conservatives. A re-elected Liberal Government will ensure that our national broadcaster continues to thrive, and we have committed to strengthening the regional mandate of CBC/Radio-Canada so that local stations can broadcast more local news.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
As your MP for Waterloo I will always advocate to ensure that our community has access to reliable and accurate news coverage. An active, professional, reliable and independent press is necessary for our democracy to function properly. I also recognize that journalism in Canada is facing industry-wide challenges brought about by the rise of digital media and platforms, and their impact on business models and traditional revenue sources.

In the last 4 years, our Liberal government has pledged more than $600 million in initiatives to support strong and independent Canadian journalism including:

  • allowing not-for-profit news organizations to receive charitable donations and issue official donation receipts;
  • creating a new refundable labour tax credit for qualifying news organizations;
  • creating a temporary non-refundable tax credit for subscriptions to Canadian digital news media;
  • initiatives to support local journalism in underserved communities

We will never attack independent media outlets like the CBC, Liberals believe that a strong, independent media is necessary to hold government to account and we will always stand up to ensure that all Canadians have access to the facts they need. We are always open to new ideas and fact-driven solutions to continue advancing this critical work.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
In a first year of a Liberal mandate, we will table a bill to ensure all players, including web giants, contribute to the creation of local content, offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues, contribute to the creation of Canadian content in both official languages, and promote this content and make it easily accessible on their platforms.

To ensure a level playing field, a re-elected Liberal government will ensure that multinational tech giants pay corporate tax on the revenue they generate in Canada. We will also work to achieve the standard set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to ensure that international digital corporations whose products are consumed in Canada collect and remit the same level of sales taxation as Canadian digital corporations.

And to ensure that Canada’s creative and cultural industries continue to thrive, our Liberal platform includes critical measures like:

  • Continuing to support Canadian film by increasing annual funding for Telefilm Canada by nearly 50 per cent a year;
  • Reviewing our national museums policy to make sure that people can access Canadian history across the country, with better access to digital collections; and will move forward with making the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre into a national museum
  • Introducing a new Cultural Diplomacy strategy, with at least one international mission each year to promote Canadian culture and creators around the world; and
  • Introducing the Culture Pass, a $200 credit every child will receive at age 12, to be used to access theatres, museums, galleries, workshops, and other cultural venues and local Canadian content.

While Andrew Scheer has no plan to protect and promote Canadian culture, Liberals will always stand up for our incredible Canadian stories and artists- both at home and around the world. 

KIRSTEN WRIGHT - GREEN PARTY

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
NO This number is far too low. Our policy is explicit: “Increase funding to CBC and Radio Canada by $315 million per year until the per-capita level of funding is equal to that of the BBC.” WE also propose to
 “Reform the governance structure of CBC/Radio Canada to remove the potential for political interference in board appointments.”

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
Yes. Our policy states we will “Close the loophole that exempts social media platforms from collecting taxes on advertising and ensure all government advertising is placed in Canadian publications.”


Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
Yes, and I believe this is a very serious issue for Canadian culture. We would “Apply a corporate tax on transnational e-commerce companies doing business in Canada by requiring the foreign vendor to register, collect and remit taxes where the product or service is consumed. The e-commerce sector – giants like Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Uber command a significant share of the Canadian market but pay virtually no tax.”

LORI CAMPBELL - NDP

Q1

If elected, will you work to Increase the CBC/Radio Canada budget to $50 per capita?
CBC is a public broadcaster and it tells crucial and important stories and its journalism is a high quality and is something that Canadians need. The NDP position is we need to fund it. Jagmeet Singh came forward with our commitment, which will increase our per capita funding from $34 per person per year to $50 per person per year.

Q2

If elected, will you work to modernize Section 19 of the Income Tax Act, to ensure that foreign digital advertising expenses are non-deductible, just as foreign offline advertising is?
We think it’s completely unfair that there is a loophole that allows essentially a massive advantage to be given to advertising with the web giants with social media platforms. This loophole disadvantages Canadian media. Effectively, Mr. Trudeau and the Liberal government have been subsidizing the digital platforms that are international foreign digital platforms. That is wrong. An NDP government would end that immediately.

Q3

If elected, will you work to direct the CRTC to amend the Digital Media Exemption Order to restore fairness to the broadcasting system and ensure that all broadcasters make equitable contributions to support Canadian storytelling?
I absolutely believe what we need to do is make sure the same rules that apply to a Canadian broadcaster or a Canadian media outlet are the same rules that apply to international outlets.

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