MONTREAL – Canada’s French-language artist union says Heritage Minister Melanie Joly’s funding deal with Netflix is becoming increasingly difficult to defend.
Union president Sophie Pregent said today after a meeting with the minister that Joly underestimated the anger her government’s new cultural policy would create among artists across the country.
Pregent says Joly favoured U.S. streaming giant Netflix over the country’s artistic communities.
She adds the government should modify current laws to ensure proper long-term funding for artistic productions in Canada.
The deal with Netflix sees the company investing $500 million over five years on Canadian productions.
Joly says she has the power to ensure the company fulfills its end of the bargain.
(The Canadian Press)