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Bill C 18 is merely a Canadian attempt to force monies to favoured legacy media, which both supports and is supported by federal government. I’m all for anti-trust legislation, but let’s face it: Canada is now a corporatist economy with the merger of government and corporate interests, along with special interest groups supported by millions on tax dollar grants. What’s needed is not C18, but stronger anti-trust: the Shaw/Rogers merger should never have happened. Bill C18 never should have happened. Government supported media should not happen.

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This article is a mix of advocacy and talk about what might happen and what should happen. No mention of the retail shops that vanished because of the internet and the sudden and reliable ability to get what you want, when you want it and sometimes cheaper. The internet has disrupted everything and provides opportunities for those who are interested in competing and doing good that otherwise could not happen. Many wish they had invested in Google and Amazon! Bill C 18 is said to be highly flawed legally. The Bill is not just about ad revenue sharing with the CBC and newspapers. Glad this is just an opinion piece and not the investigative journalism I subscribe to. One of the reasons the Bureau exists is that CBC and others do not offer in depth investigations or accounts on the threats to Canadian society.

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Stoller seems to agree with the author and is quoted a lot.

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Any conglomeration of power to control an industry should be examined and broken up if it purposely harms competetors to aid its bottom line. The majority of Grocers in Canada, the Corporate Media (all owned by a few), our telecomunications company (Rogers/Shaw) should have not been allowed. The big tech companies, Amazon and Microsoft need to be broken into several different entities as their power is such that they can control Governments and do.

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“Can control governments”? Or “governments can coerce them into furthering their (government) agenda? Governments have attempted to and succeeded in manipulating social media to limit access on multiple topics that they claim would “harm” the public. The Twitter Files is full of examples of this. We don’t even know to what extent this happens in Canada, because all access to that information is hidden from the public with no way to access it. As far as legacy cable/CBC radio media, I believe it is completely under the direction of the government, due to their converging interests and the structures built to foster the convergence. This is what they mean when they speak to “Democracy is in peril”: they do not mean each individual should have access to information so they can make up their own mind and vote accordingly, a liberal tenet, but that the government should curate and control information such that individuals can use that to vote in accordance with what benefits the State: this, I almost hate to say but it’s true, is a fascist tenet.

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Agree one hundred percent. The governments and these entities feed off each other and collude as well.

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What about the question of who owns the media in both the U..S. and Canada? Who owns NBC? Who owns Fox? Who owns the Post newspapers, and so on. Who owns all the weeklies across Canada? I think it's good that they're bringing antitrust against big tech. But big media needs looked at as well. We have a distinct lack of diversity of thought in legacy media. It's like they're just two big companies with liberal media on one side and conservative media on the other talking about the exact same things. Good piece.

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