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Trump will be gone. But Canada might not have a freer hand to regulate multinational internet giants under President Joe Biden

Trump will be gone. But Canada might not have a freer hand to regulate multinational internet giants under President Joe Biden
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OTTAWA—Navdeep Bains chooses his words carefully when asked what a Biden administration could mean for Canada’s approach to big tech regulation .

Surely Canada would have a freer hand under President Joe Biden to regulate and tax multinational internet giants, without Donald Trump threatening trade sanctions and tariffs?

“I would say there’s a broader understanding that protectionism is on the rise in the U.S.,” Bains, Canada’s industry minister, told the Star in an interview this week.

“Even with the current administration, the future administration, we need to be mindful of those challenges that exist.”

In other words: just because Trump will soon be gone, don’t expect Canada will necessarily take a more activist approach to internet giants.
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