Quebec really is a province like no other in Canada.
It's a beautiful province, with a great people and a vibrant culture. But its Parti Quebecois government sometimes does unorthodox things in the name of protecting said culture.
Earlier this week, the Canadian Press reported that the PQ intends to introduce legislation, in the new year, that would ban bookstores from offering deep discounts on new releases.
Specifically, retailers — online, digital and traditional — would not be allowed to offer discounts to Quebecers greater than 10 per cent on new books for the first nine months of their release.
They're doing it — apparently — to protect small and medium sized stores from the 'big bad box stores' like Costco and Walmart, which often offer markdowns in the range of 20 to 30 per cent.
"A book is not a commodity like any other," Culture Minister Maka Kotto told CP.
"Framing the price of new printed and digital books allows the consolidation of the network of bookstores that guaranteeRead More »from Quebec’s PQ government moves to limit discounts on new books