HOW IT SUDDENLY BECAME CHILL TO TAX NETFLIX AND OTHER WEB GIANTS

Taxing Netflix was taboo in 2015 - now all the parties are proposing some sort of E-commerce tax

Two provinces — Saskatchewan and Quebec — already require foreign web companies like Netflix to collect sales tax. It's been a smashing success, revenue-wise, in Quebec. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/The Associated Press)

In the last federal election campaign, the Conservatives released an ad featuring their leader, Stephen Harper, admitting that Breaking Bad was among his favourite TV shows.

But it’s what he said next that actually had a more profound impact on the viewing habits of the Canadian public.

Harper promised he would never, ever tax Netflix. His main rivals quickly made the same promise.

In this election campaign, the parties have again come to hold remarkably similar positions on whether to tax Netflix and other web giants — only now, everyone embraces the idea.

The Liberals, the NDP and the Greens have nearly identical proposals in their platforms to tax multinational corporations that conduct their business online.

Even the otherwise tax-adverse Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer supports taxing their revenues.

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