The FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) has gone out against the Tories amendments regarding fiscal incentives applicable to Canadian films. Not too surprising. Towns like Toronto and Vancouver (and Montreal and Halifax) get a fair bit of revenue from hosting film crews.
FCMs news release also contains the best short explanation of whats wrong with the bill that I have read:
The amendments proposed provide the Minister of Heritage Canada with the discretionary power to withdraw, once the film is completed, the tax credits already agreed upon for the film.
A film-maker who plays by all the rules can still lose funding at the whim of the minister, in other words.
h/t to Western Standard, who are reporting news these days rather than serving as on-line club-house for Ezra's band of thuggies:
The Conservative strategy behind Bill C-10 had nothing to do with making government smaller or reducing the role of the state; it had everything to do with appeasing the social conservative base of the party.
True enough, if a bit obvious. Less obvious is the WS contention that these amendments will eventually pass. My money is on them eventually disappearing into a mound of unfinished business this fall when Harper Prorogues the HOC. Harper wouldn't really damage our cities' economies just to throw red meat to the goobers, would he?