Stephen Harper and his gang of moralizing crusaders, the Conservative party, have a bill before the Canadian Senate called C-10 that would give Heritage Canada power to deny tax credits to film and TV works they decided were too offensive, essentially putting the production lights out.
A new bill that would give the federal Heritage Department the power to deny funding for films and TV shows it considers offensive is creating shock waves in the industry.
Changes now before the Senate to the Income Tax Act that would allow the federal government to cancel tax credits for projects thought to be offensive or not in the public interest. The amendments have already been passed in the House of Commons.
The amendment to Bill C-10 would allow the Heritage Minister to deny tax credits for Canadian productions, even if federal agencies such as Telefilm and the Canadian Television Fund have invested in the production.
Representatives from the Heritage and Justice departments would determine which productions are unsuitable and therefore ineligible for tax cuts.
‘It sounds like something they do in Beijing.’— Director David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg, the Canadian director behind the critically acclaimed Eastern Promises, said the proposed plan doesn’t belong in Canada.
“It sounds like something they do in Beijing,” he told CBC News.