Trudeau says taxing foreign online businesses would cost Canadians

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government hasn't moved to tax foreign web giants because it would hurt Canadian taxpayers.

He told reporters in Montreal today he won't do anything that could cause Canadians to pay more for cellphone or Internet service.

Some union and business leaders as well as the NDP have said it's unfair that Canadian companies are faced with more taxes and regulations than foreign digital companies such as Netflix and Google.

Some have criticized the government for failing to take action in the 2018 budget to address what they say is an unlevel playing field.

Trudeau said the government understands that online cross-border commerce is increasing and that Statistics Canada has been given funding to study the issue.

But he insisted the government wouldn't increase taxes on consumers by making them pay more for online service.