QS MNA wants to impose a Quebec content quota on Netflix


Quebec Solidaire MNA Catherine Dorion says she wants to require internet-streaming giant Netflix to make a certain percentage of Quebec content available on its platform.  

Calling the platform a "significant threat" to Quebec culture, Dorion is calling for a parliamentary commission to come up with the details of legislation to reign-in the firm.

In an interview with the Le Soleil newspaper, the MNA for the riding of Taschereau in Quebec City said that Netflix "has taken a lot of space in our culture."  40% of Quebec households subscribe to the service, while just 0.1% of movies and 0.3% of TV shows in its catalogue were made in this province.

Dorion noted that the CRTC controls and regulates the amount of Canadian content over television airwaves, but has no jurisdiction over similar services if they operate online.  "We are protected by cases that are obselete", she told the paper.

She said she's hopeful that the CAQ government will take her proposals seriously, saying they line up with the conservative government's values.  Dorion says "in immigration, they want to protect our culture and our French language, but how do we protect our language if all the young people are watching are English series on Netflix?"