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Newspaper industry must ‘speak with one voice,’ say publishers pushing feds to ‘level the playing field’

By Mike Lapointe      

Nobody can forecast what shape the industry is going to be in after any kind of return to normal, says The Globe and Mail publisher Phillip Crawley, one of 10 signees of an 'urgent message' to the government.

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault pictured speaking with reporters on Feb. 3, 2020. Newspaper publishers from coast to coast, including from the Glacier Media Group, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and Le Devoir recently issued an 'urgent message' asking the government to emulate the examples of Australia and France 'to make sure Google and Facebook pay their fair share, instead of exploiting tax loopholes while making billions of dollars off the back of original content producers.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

As the Canadian newspaper industry continues to feel the crunch from lost advertising revenues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic downturn, publishers of Canada’s major newspapers came together in a rare demonstration of coordination to deliver a dire message to the federal government earlier this month.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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