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Netflix Data Suggests Streaming Giant Spending One-Third of Canadian Revenues on Film and TV Production in Canada - Michael Geist
Earlier this week, Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault tweeted that he plans to work with Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains to amend Canadian law to ensure web giants offer more Canadian content, contribute to its creation, promote it, and make it easier to find. The tweet was consistent with the government's platform and mandate letters that have been pointing to increased Netflix regulation for many months. While there is much to be said about the specifics of each of these regulatory issues - the wisdom of government regulating the Netflix recommendation algorithm, the false "level playing field" arguments, the impact on the company's 6.5 million Canadian customers among them - it is important to go back to how this debate started with the claims that only regulation would ensure support for film and television production in Canada.