Re: Film Tax credit (was: Censorship hidden in c-10 tax-credit law in Canada)

From: flick harrison (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Mar 06 2008 - 10:51:19 PST

In my enthusiasm for detail, I forgot the MAIN point of this message
which is that it's FILM PRODUCTION tax credits I was talking about.



On 5-Mar-08, at 1:57 PM, flick harrison wrote:

> Hey frameworkers,
> Thought some of y'all might be interested in this emerging issue.
> Last week, it was discovered that a 100-page tax amendment, halfway
> through the Canadian Senate, had 13 words in it which were there to
> give the Heritage Minister a political veto on government tax-
> credits. The guidelines for nixing the credits were not listed,
> though a family-values christian-crusader, Charles McVety, publicly
> took credit for their creation. He was also a leader of the anti-
> gay-marriage forces in Canada.
> The Ministry promised to table the new tax-credit content
> guidelines in Parliament, but it was later announced that they
> didn't exist yet. Instead, the Minister pointed to similar
> language in provincial tax-credit legislation and denied any
> intention to censor, and suggested the new powers were to prevent
> any government support for productions that violated the criminal
> code for hate speech, violence or pornography.
> This is quite similar to the Ann Arbor film-fest case, politically:
> conservatives are arguing that free-speech doesn't include the
> right to produce pornography on a government dime.
> At the Genies (Canadian film / tv awards), bill C-10 was protested
> from the podium by Sarah Polley, Sandra Oh, Atom Egoyan, and Robert
> Lantos. The Heritage Minister had cancelled her appearance at the
> Gala.
> The rules, apparently, have been on the legislative merry-go-round
> since the Liberal Heritage Minister, Sheila Copps, proposed them in
> 2003, largely to sink a single movie-of-the-week about serial-
> murderer/rapists Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo.
> Of course, there's a facebook group, with 22,000 members after a
> few days,
> * BLOG / NEWS:

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