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The Liberal government’s online-streaming bill, which has been the subject of fierce debate among members of Parliament, is now headed to the Senate.

The Liberal government's online-streaming bill, which has been the subject of fierce debate among members of Parliament, is now headed to the Senate.

 
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OTTAWA – The Liberal government’s online-streaming bill, which has been the subject of fierce debate among members of Parliament, is now headed to the Senate.

Bill C-11 passed third reading in the House of Commons with a vote of 208 to 117, with the Conservatives opposing the proposed legislation.

The bill would update the Broadcasting Act and bringย streaming platformsย such as Netflix and Amazon Prime within the regulatory regime.

It would also apply to platforms including YouTube and Spotify and make them promote Canadian music artists by law.

Critics of the bill say that as currently worded, it could also apply to amateur videos and user-generated content posted on YouTube.

The government faced protests from Conservative and Green Party MPs after it cut short debate and discussion of amendments in the heritage committee to push the bill through the House of Commons before the summer break.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 21, 2021.

Cullen also said that it is โ€˜essential that law enforcement bodies and regulators bring concerns about the involvement (or potential involvement) of lawyers in money laundering activity to the attention of the Law Society for investigation.โ€

The federal anti-money laundering agency tasked with identifying to money laundering threats โ€” the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre, or FINTRAC โ€” is “ineffective,” Cullen said, and B.C. needs to strike out on its own, including the establishment of a dedicated provincial money laundering intelligence and investigation unit and appoint a commissioner to oversee the government’s approach to the problem.

“If the province is to achieve success in the fight against money laundering, it must develop its own intelligence capacity in order to better identify money laundering threats,” Cullen said in his report, which is more than 1,800 pages long.

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