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Liberal government’s online streaming bill heads to senate after 3rd House reading

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Asked during question period on Wednesday to commit to releasing the government’s policy directive to the CRTC on Bill C-11, also known as the online streaming act, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not commit to doing so and defended the CRTC’s role in promoting Canadian content – May 11, 2022

The Liberal government’s online-streaming bill, which has been the subject of fierce debate among members of Parliament, is now headed to the Senate.

Bill C-11 passed third reading in the House of Commons with a vote of 208 to 117, with the Conservatives opposing the proposed legislation.

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The bill would update the Broadcasting Act and bring streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime within the regulatory regime.

It would also apply to platforms including YouTube and Spotify and make them promote Canadian music artists by law.

Critics of the bill say that as currently worded, it could also apply to amateur videos and user-generated content posted on YouTube.

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The government faced protests from Conservative and Green Party MPs after it cut short debate and discussion of amendments in the heritage committee to push the bill through the House of Commons before the summer break.

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