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Tories accuse Liberals of caving to big tech in online news deal with Google – Newmarket Today

November 30, 2023

OTTAWA — Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge spoke to a House committee this morning, fresh from finally ending Canada’s standoff with Google over the Online News Act, where the Opposition criticized her for caving to big tech.

St-Onge called the agreement announced Wednesday a “historic development” that gives a win to both the federal government and the local news publishers the law is meant to support.

That’s despite the fact Google has only agreed to spend a maximum of $100 million a year compensating Canadian news outlets for the use of their content, a figure it was offering up before the law was passed in June.

It’s also a far cry from the $172 million that initial government calculations would’ve demanded.

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