As a music fan, you should be–and here’s why Are you paying attention to the NAFTA talks?
Would you want your ISP controlled by an American entity? I know it’s easy to be distracted by a million other things in today’s world, but we as music fans need to keep a close eye on the cultural issues being discussed in the NAFTA talks. He really does seem to have a personal thing against Justin Trudeau in his I-win-you-lose approach to trade. It’ll help you get up to speed on the issues. And the idea of an import tax on autos is one of the dumbest things industry people on both sides of the border have ever seen. Maybe. Imagine if American networks came up here and bought Canadian radio and TV stations. I think not. How about removing all the tax advantages and subsidies that make Canadian productions (TV, movie, music) viable
Could something like FACTOR and Starmaker be jeopardized? (Hint: The Globe and Mail says 650,000 people work in these industries..)
Foreign ownership rules for media companies and telecoms. You may have never given this a thought before, but we have built walls to prevent Canada from becoming a Kardashian nation. What would happen to Francophone culture in Quebec and other provinces? Do we want a nation without an independent domestic book and magazine publishing industry? This is not the place to go into the lies and ludicrous misinformation about dairy trade (the US actually has a dairy trade SURPLUS with Canada!) Without Chapter 19 dispute resolution, Canada risked being steamrolled by an economy that’s ten times larger than ours. This includes:
Cancon rules for radio and television.
But I do want to draw your attention to something that should be another red line in these negotiations: exemptions for measures that protect Canadian culture. What would happen, say, if Fox bought into CTV? Read this article in the Toronto Star. Everything we consumed would probably be increasingly Americanized. For reasons that no one understands, Donald Trump has it out for Canada when it comes to the NAFTA negotiations. And how many Canadian workers would be thrown out of work? Imagine if there were no more rules regulating the amount of domestic content on radio and TV.