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Behind the scenes, Google pushes back on Canada’s plan to make it pay for news

MONTREAL — The McGill Faculty Club is located in an understated greystone building on the university’s lone pedestrian-only street. A cozy redoubt for academics and staff, the club has hosted writers, prime ministers and captains of industry, along with countless weddings and high school graduations. But on May 12, a wood-panelled room on the club’s second floor played host to Google’s unofficial campaign to derail the government’s plan to compel it to pay for news.

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