- Federal industry minister Jim Prentice
says he is looking into complaints from the United Kingdom that Canada unfairly subsidizes its thriving video-game industry - but, he suggests, the gaming industry's success is largely due to its ingenuity and innovation.
"We have innovative Canadian companies that do great work, that are cutting edge and I hope they will continue to exactly that, compete with the best in the world," Mr. Prentice said Friday in response to a question after a speech to the Harvard Law Association in Toronto.
The U.K.'s ministry of culture, media and sport has asked the Commission of European Communities to investigate whether wage subsidies and tax credits offered to the video game industry in British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario constitute an unfair trade advantage.
However, Mr. Prentice said he is "not aware of any specific trade challenges that have been mounted on that point."
He said there is no evidence that Canada has broken international trade law.
"We have a very strong, innovative gaming industry in Canada ... we exist in a global marketplace and, certainly, global competition in that area is quite fierce."
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