Friday, April 11, 2008

Bill C-10 and Censorship

There is no better way of nipping would be Canadian productions in the bud. Without any objective standards as to what would contravene public decency, Canadian producers, who are already working on razor thin budgets will self censor or even not bother. After all, not only do they have to worry about catering to the whims of the current minister they have to worry about whims of future ministers. Tax credits may be retroactively taken away.


Anonymous said...

The film industry is a business that should be able to stand on its own two feet without relying on government handouts. If their product is good, people will come to see it and they will make money. If not, then they will lose money. They knew that when they got into the business.

Red Tory said...

This has nothing to do with whether the "product is good"... And since did that criterion necessarily have anything to do with making money? "Porky's" anybody? It's about making funding decisions based on the minister's prerogative according to what may be an arbitrary moral standard that's not even specified and may not be determined until after the fact. Other financial backers need to know that the federal tax credits won't be disallowed at some point in the future. And it is very much an issue of censorship which is precisely why special interests allied with social-conservative causes are so enthused about the legislation. To pretend otherwise is disingenuous at best.