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Canadians paying implicit tax for ‘Canadian content’ entertainment

The Trudeau government wants online streaming services to operate under the same rules that apply to traditional broadcasters.

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The CRTC’s recent reprimand of three Toronto-based X-rated channels for failing to meet the required 35 per cent threshold for Canadian content became fodder for Internet humor; however, Canadian content regulations are no laughing matter for cultural nationalists. Indeed, one of the oldest shibboleths of Canadian public policy is that domestic cultural industries need regulatory protections and taxpayer financial support to promote and sustain the Canadian identity.