Sometimes these guys really, really don't get it......
Tories plan to withhold funding for 'offensive' productions
Committee to decide whether material meets new criteria
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
February 28, 2008 at 2:07 AM EST
The Conservative government has drafted guidelines that would allow it to pull financial aid for any film or television show that it deems offensive or not in the public's best interest – even if government agencies have invested in them.
The proposed changes to the Income Tax Act would allow the Heritage Minister to deny tax credits to projects deemed offensive, effectively killing the productions. Representatives from Heritage and the Department of Justice will determine which shows or films pass the test.
I think this excerpt from the story hits the nail on the head:
“Would this committee put money into Juno? It might not want to encourage teen pregnancy. Would the government put money into a film with a dirty title, like Young People ****ing? Would they invest in something like Brokeback Mountain? They might not want to encourage gay cowboys to have sex together in Alberta.” -Toronto lawyer David Zitzerman of Goodmans LLP
This is what it's really all about. Gay cowboys in Alberta.
"This party will not take its position based on public opinion polls. We will not take a stand based on focus groups. We will not take a stand based on phone-in shows or householder surveys or any other vagaries of pubic opinion."
Yet another Blues versus Reds thread. The real issue is the fact that this current Government has begun the act of censoring what it can. What this will lead to is anyone's guess. Artsy crap or not, this is not the kind of 'leadership' I want in my Canada.