The government says it has no plans to negotiate a tax deal with the PBO over the future of online ads or tax avoidance.
The department said it has not yet received any formal request from the public-private consortium that owns the CBC and Rogers for a tax agreement, as the government seeks to prevent a conflict of interest in its dealings with the watchdog.
The CBC and the Toronto-based telecom giant are among the organizations involved in the negotiations.
The government wants to avoid a potential conflict of interests in its discussions with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), a private industry consortium that is lobbying for the PSA to be stripped of its powers to regulate Canadian media and its tax obligations.
PSAC’s current contract expires at the end of March, but it has the right to renew it through 2024.
In response to questions from reporters about the PBA’s future, the department said its position remains unchanged.
“Our position remains that the public service broadcasting sector, as part of its statutory mandate, must be accountable to Canadians and to their taxpayers,” the department wrote in a statement on Friday.
“That’s why we’ve been negotiating for some time to ensure the public broadcaster remains a full partner in delivering Canadian public service programming.”
The PBA has been seeking to remove the PSC from its mandate as an independent regulator of the Canadian media industry.
It has also requested that the PPA’s mandate to regulate the media be eliminated.
But the Liberals have argued that the government should not negotiate over the PPC, and the PTO has expressed opposition to any tax deal that might be reached with the consortium.
On Friday, the government also asked the PHA to suspend the negotiations until it could find a new government to replace the PBS.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is expected to be sworn in Monday.