Head of Google Canada set to return to House of Commons committee IG News

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OTTAWA — The head of Google Canada is set to return to a House of Commons committee to talk about the company’s decision to block news access for some of its users.

Sabrina Geremia was summoned by MPs, and was originally due to appear before the Heritage Committee on Monday.

But technical difficulties delayed the meeting and lawmakers today invited him back, as well as requesting documents related to Google’s news ban.

Three other Google executives, including its CEO, have refused to appear before the summons.

New Democrat MP Peter Julian says he plans to table a motion to inform the House of Commons that the subpoena was refused.

Google says it is running a five-week test to limit news as a possible response to the government’s proposed Online News Act, which would require tech companies to link to or otherwise reuse their content online. News organizations will need to pay.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 10, 2023.

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