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Google $1B news initiative won’t stop new legislation, gov’t says

News | 10/01/2020 7:34 pm EDT
Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault speaks with reporters regarding clarifications on the BTLR report recommendations in the House of Commons foyer in Ottawa on Feb. 3, 2020./ Photo by Andrew Meade.

An announcement Thursday from Alphabet Inc.‘s Google that it would put aside $1 billion to spend on news publishers around the world — including two in Canada — has not dissuaded the Liberal government from its plan to require web giants to compensate Canadian news producers for their content. 

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