"Canadian culture"? They care about that? They think that restricting competition in bookselling will somehow be bad for Canadian culture? LOL! Oh, come on! That's pure bee-ess.
The CBA said the federal government should reject Amazon's application partly because an American online retailer can't ensure the promotion of Canadian authors and culture.
Huh? Gimme a break. This isn't about culture at all. It's about giving the customers what they want! And online-based retailers like Amazon offer them all sorts of books that Canadian bookstores simply refuse to carry, even if they'd make a lot more money doing so.
I suspect that many bookstores are actually Leftist. Like Indigo, which I know from visiting their premises over the years, pretty much has NO conservative books available, ever, including the bestsellers that would really contribute to their bottom line if they'd have the balls to offer them!
Perhaps it's a Leftist thing. To cite "culture" is a sham. It's all about CENSORSHIP. They want to censor, or at least make less available, all those wonderful, bestselling conservative books coming out of America.
They don't want Canadians to be exposed to diverse, international perspectives, and they rather want Canadians to be told what's supposedly "Canadian" by elites and government. Part of how they want to do this is to have nationalistic control over literature. Protectionism, it is.
They're already having trouble, exactly because of this protectionism. Canadians, including myself, have turned away from local bookstores and gone online, including to America, where they can get all kinds of books they simply cannot find in Canada. And save a LOT of money, and actually pay no tax when buying from the US online. Just buy it online and they'll mail it to you. Isn't that what we really want? Why must we go to a physical location, if we'd rather do it in our pajamas at home instead? Besides, bookstore books cost more, because bookstores cost much more money to run!
Why should we be required to pay a lot for stuff we don't really want to buy?
Why must government regulate culture?
Why are people so afraid that Canadian culture is so fragile that it can't survive without laws protecting it? It's stupid to thing like this. It's stupid to think that if there's a foreign-owned warehouse here to sell books, then that'll destroy our culture.
Besides, nothing has been as devastating for Canadian culture... than the Left... and the Liberal Party! They transformed Canada, destroying much of her identity and heritage and character... in the name of "Progressiveness", "Multiculturalism", "Social Justice", all of which are euphemistic words for stuff the Left won't admit to really doing, and planning to do.
The cultural-threat alarmists, they've got nothing to back up their fearmongering. They're just like those Algoreans, those Chicken Littlists, who say we need a dictatorship, a tyranny, to prevent us from destroying the world. Well, the cultural-threat alarmists, they want a tyranny in Canada, they want more and more powerful government to dogmatically deem that which can and cannot be.
Canadians want liberty. Canadians want choice.
Canadians don't want the government telling them what to buy and what not to buy.
Canadians don't want the government shoving alleged "culture" down their throats.
Canadian culture is what it is, notwithstanding what government says it is or isn't.
Canadian culture is eternal, undeniable, proven, indestructible... and strong and independent of government regulations!
Competition, please. In books, TV, internet, you name it. We The People scream for it!
Those who fear competition... are too lazy and arrogant anyway. They'll be replaced with real businesses who serve their customers properly!
Let's be progressive, not "Progressive".
I'll vote for competition. Those who don't like the way I vote can kiss my Canadian ass.