The BTLR and USMCA, Part Two: Why the Broadcast Panel Recommendations Could Cost Canadians Millions in Retaliatory Tariffs

Feb 13 14:02 2020 Print This Article

My review of the Broadcast and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel report (previous posts include an overview of concerns, news regulation, Guilbeault’s comments, net neutrality, discoverability claims, consumer costs, potential USMCA violations, and a podcast debate with panel chair Janet Yale) continues with an analysis of why the recommendations could cost Canadians millions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs. In fact, while the panel seemingly envisions free money with payments from thousands of Internet sites and services from around the world to pay for Canadian content, broadband funds, and news organizations, the reality is that the proposals could result in the U.S. being entitled to levy massive tariffs against Canadian products ranging from dairy products to steel. In other words, the real costs would ultimately shift to farmers, manufacturing workers, and many others with no connection to the cultural sector.

Read More

About Article Author

Michael Geist

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School. Dr. Geist is a syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star, the Hill Times, and the Tyee. Dr. Geist is the editor of several copyright books including The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law (2013, University of Ottawa Press), From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda (2010, Irwin Law) and In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law (2005, Irwin Law), the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2008, Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada and he was named one of Ca

Related Items

Listed: Here are the Top 50 TSX Venture Stocks from 2019

The TSX Venture released its Top 50 Performers over the past year, with a number of tech and life sciences stocks flexing their muscles. The Venture’s overall top stock last year was clean tech company dynaCERT (dynaCERT Stock Quote, Chart, News TSXV:DYA), which excelled in all three categories ...

Ballard Power’s stock could collapse, this analyst says

There’s a lesson to be learned from Ballard Power (Ballard Power Stock Quote, Chart, News TSX:BLDP), according to research analyst Brooke Thackray of Horizons ETF Management Canada, but it’ll likely be a painful one for investors unlucky enough to catch the wave at the wrong time. Renewable ene ...

Deja Vu All Over Again: Looking Back at Two Decades of Bell, Telus and Rogers Battles Over the Canadian Wireless Market

In the weeks leading up to the CRTC hearing on wireless services, there was no shortage of corporate lobbying, opinion pieces from telecom company consultants downplaying concerns about the competitiveness of the Canadian wireless market, and comments from company executives threatening to reduce i ...

Our areas of interest in healthcare

Over the past two weeks, Boris and Max have shared their investment themes and interests. Boris wrote about the latest opportunities in enterprise SaaS, while Max outlined some of his current investment themes, from the Open Internet to climate change. I’m going to continue the trend by highlight ...

Has The Market Met Its Match?

Fred Imbert of CNBC reports the Dow drops more than 200 points, stocks head for losing week as coronavirus fears resurface:Stocks fell sharply on Friday after the number of new coronavirus cases escalated, fueling worries over a pronounced global economic slowdown.The Dow Jones Industrial Average c ...

CDPQ Gains 10.4% in 2019

Today, CDPQ announced its results, posting a 10.4% annualized return in 2019 and 8.1% over five years (added emphasis is mine): Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) today released its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2019. The weighted average return on its depositor ...

Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada: Infrastructure Blockades Damaging Canadian Economy

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. RE: Infrastructure Blockades Damaging Canadian Economy Dear Prime Minister:As you are aware, the ongoing rail and other infrastructure blockades taking place in various parts of the country are creating severe problems for public services, Ca ...

Medicare for all should already be a reality in the U.S.

US Politics "People with low or moderate incomes do not get the same medical attention as those with high incomes. The poor have more sickness, but they get less medical care," so said the president of the United States in a message to Congress. No, that wasn't President Donald Trump in 2020. It ...

Protests by Indigenous peoples a culmination of centuries of political abuse and neglect

Ed Finn A recent poll found that a majority of Canadians favour police intervention to stop Indigenous protesters and activists from blocking railway services.  Are these anti-protesters unaware of the long and brutal mistreatment of Indigenous peoples that led up to these protests? Or do they ...

Chorus Aviation will feel the pressure from coronavirus, this fund manager says

How will regional carrier Chorus Aviation (Chorus Aviation Stock Quote, Chart, News TSX:CHR) fare during the coronavirus outbreak? Likely similar to other airline stocks but the end result won’t be too bad, says Douglas Kee of Cardinal Capital. “If it’s going to affect Air Canada, it’ll aff ...