Heritage Minister Josee Verner is pushing Bill C-10 which would end federal tax credits for Canadian film productions that are “contrary to public policy.” In practise this means that films that are loaded with sex and violence could not be financed with taxpayer’s money.
The entertainment industry says this is censorship pure and simple. The industry argues that taxpayer dollars should be denied only to those productions that violate the criminal code of Canada – those that contain child pornography or hate material, for instance.
However Real Women (a right wing Catholic group) maintains that films depicting sex and violence can still be made, they just cannot be made with taxpayer’s money. Another women’s group suporting Bill C-10 pointed out the film, American Pyscho, that was considered a how-to manual for convicted serial killer pual Bernardo. received $120,000 in tax credits.
A Civil Liberties group says Bill C-10 is an “arbitrary and unjustified limit on expression” that would give the government powers that were almost unlimited.
That’s the rub. Who would decide whether a film seeking public money is “contrary to public policy”? It would be decided in the office of the minister. Should a politicians have that kind of power over film production?
On the other hand, should taxpayer’s money be used to make films that are grossly sexual and violent?
Why not use the Criminal Code to protect Canadians from pornography etc? Why put a politician in the mix?
What do you think?