Saturday, June 7, 2008

Denying tax credits for films would have deep impact on cities, mayors say

OTTAWA -- The mayors of Canada's largest cities say their economies would take a major blow if the federal government is allowed to deny tax credits to film and TV productions it deems too violent or pornographic.

"We share a concern. That concern is about our economy," Toronto Mayor David Miller, who was speaking on behalf of the mayors, told the Senate banking committee yesterday.

"But it is also about Canadians' continued ability to tell our own stories to each other without fear of artistic and financial humiliation."

The federal Conservative government is proposing, in an omnibus income-tax bill known as C-10, to refuse to extend tax credits to film and television productions that are "contrary to public policy." The aim is to prevent public funding from flowing to productions that are pornographic or contain extreme violence.

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