Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Clement and Moore heart the iPod Tax™

Update (10:25 p.m.) below.

A statement released today by the two ministers, out on a shopping date at the Rideau Centre apparently, smacks of protesting too much about this newly branded iPod Tax™, whatever that actually is or has been cooked up to mean by the Conservative brain trust:
Today, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, issued the following statement from the Rideau Centre, a popular holiday shopping destination:

“We are here to confirm that the Harper Government will not bring in an iPod tax as part of its copyright legislation. The iPod Tax has been proposed and supported by all opposition parties.
"The iPod Tax!" Awww, dudes, you went all the way over to the Rideau Centre just for that bit of nonsense? Note that "iPod Tax" is done with a capital "T" for special marketing effect no doubt. It rates a mention 8 times in the release and is dropped squarely into the lap of the opposition.

But, as we know, James Moore is actually not so against an iPod tax. As was reported last month: "Heritage minister says he’d consider an MP3 levy." MP3=iPod. Levy=tax.

The last sentence of the release needs an amendment or two. Here it is:
During this fragile economic recovery, the last thing Canadian families and consumers need is a massive new tax on iPods.
How about instead...during this fragile economic recovery, the last thing Canadian families and consumers need are unserious Harper Ministers going to shopping malls to engage in silly partisan games.

Another p.r. special meted out at Christmas time since that iPod thingy is the popular gift after all. This is what they do.

Update (10:25 p.m.): Here is a useful fact-check on the Minister's "iPod tax" event. Also, Michael Geist's take. Some opposition reaction:
"I think today, Minister Moore and Clement, they, they crossed the line. They basically lied to Canadians," said Quebec Liberal MP Pablo Rodriquez. "Our position is to keep working with the artists to make sure we find a better solution than the levy, a long-term solution, technologically neutral."
Moore is "obviously sending a message that he doesn't really give much of a damn about getting the copyright legislation through," said NDP MP Charlie Angus. "James Moore knows that the $75 is a fiction. They've been making this up."