‘The government has been talking about this for years, now all of a sudden we may have an early election, and this isn’t resolved?’
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Jul 12, 2021 • 45 minutes ago • 3 minute read • 7 Comments Unifor President Jerry Dias at Unifor’s Local 222 in Oshawa, Ont. Photo by Peter J. Thompson/National Post
There is no reason why the federal government can’t swiftly introduce — and pass — legislation to level the playing field between conventional media and big tech, the president of Unifor said on Monday.
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Jerry Dias, whose union represents journalists in newsrooms across Canada, including the National Post, said the Liberals must pass legislation to force tech giants like Google and Facebook to pay for news content in order to protect Canadian media companies — and democracy.
“The government has been talking about this for years, now all of a sudden we may have an early election, and this isn’t resolved? I mean, they’ve got to pass this,” Dias said.
Parliament has risen for the summer, and it’s unclear whether or not they will meaningfully return to work before an election is called.