I made several points - but these are the big ones.
- This would be seen as a "tax" and a bail out of a dying collective.
- It would create a huge grey market problem, since these products are so readily available through cross border visits and online. There is and will be no such levy in the USA.
- It would greatly hinder if not prevent WIPO ratification because the national treatment provisions in the WPPT treaty would double whatever amount the levy would otherwise be - and no Minister would want to take responsibility for shipping potentially hundreds of millions of Canadian "tax" - oops - I should say "levy" - dollars out of Canada for no good reason.
- The Canadian Recording Industry Assocation ("CRIA") has fought against an iPod levy in the Federal Court of Appeal because it would effectively allow for virtually unlimited legalized downloading. CRIA's President, Graham Henderson, is also on record as encouraging format shifting from purchased CDs to iPod type devices. In fact, Graham said in a speech in 2005 that "The idea that virtually everything that is on iPods is stolen is not true. Music fans, like me, in enormous numbers, are converting their CD libraries into a digital library."
- There is little evidence of any thought or an evidentiary basis for this. In fact, when the CPCC first tried this iPod levy on for size in 2002, it asked for $21 per gigabyte - which would mean that a 120 gig iPod Classic that now sells for less than $300 would have a $2,520 levy on it, if the CPCC had gotten its wish.
- The levy concept is an obsolete continental European socialist collectivist analog thing that has been rejected in the USA, UK and Australian and other like minded countries.
PS - this is getting picked up here and here.