Trudeau Pledges To Mention News Industry Woes At G7 Summit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday he plans to take the issue of declining news revenues amid domination by tech giants to the G7 leaders’ summit in France later this week.

The subject resurfaced when Groupe Capitales Medias, a cash-strapped French-language newspaper chain, filed for creditor protection Monday.

The same day, the Quebec government announced a $5-million loan from Investissement Quebec to the media company, whose daily newspapers include Le Droit of Gatineau-Ottawa and Quebec City’s Le Soleil.

Trudeau said Tuesday the situation requires more than a “one-off solution.”

“This is a question we will certainly be discussing this weekend at the G7, where the international community is looking at how to make sure it’s fair for the whole system.”

However, Trudeau reiterated that his government was not mulling a tax hike.

French President Emmanuel Macron recently imposed a landmark tax on tech companies like Google and Facebook  which have lured advertising revenues away from news outlets  designed to stop multinationals from avoiding taxes by setting up European headquarters in low-tax European Union countries.

Currently, companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Airbnb and Uber pay very little tax on their significant business in countries like France.

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The three per cent tax that went into force last month mainly concerns companies that use consumer data to sell online advertising.

The Trump administration has said the tax is discriminatory against U.S. business.

with files from The Associated Press

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