Proponents of a tax on Internet connectivity to support Canadian programming production will never quit.

Their arguments are:

It should be done.

It will not hurt a bit.

1. It should be done. Canada has always supported cultural production from taxes, so why not this tax?

My advice would be to anyone: wait until we see what the dimensions of the problem are. If there is a specific problem that Canadian programming cannot reach a market, or even allowing, for the sake of argument, that Canadian entertainment programming should be subsidized more, let us see how this Internet-driven market works before we launch possibly futile gestures that enrich a small group of largely-Toronto based entertainment producers and their employees.

We are entering a period when we no longer need quasi-soviet methods of subsidizing television production, as we did in the past. (allowing for the legitimacy of subsidizing Canadian arts, which I do).

I once did a back of the envelope calculation of the amount of funds going to Canadian production through the various media funds and the CBC. If the CBC is about a billion and the media funds $600-$800 million, then something approaching the cost of a large destroyer is being spent every year on Canadian culture. The figures are rough. But if spent on the Navy, we would at least have a significant fleet.

2. It will not hurt a bit.

That Prime Minister squashed the idea of an Internet tax shows that these guys are clever and value their survival.