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March 9th, 2008:

Bill C-10

As many of you may know, the Cons in Ottawa are trying to push through their very first (though certainly not the last) censorship bill. For a little commentary on how the religious right has influenced the drafting of this Bill, see a posting I wrote a little while back called The jig is up for the Conservatives!

For those on Facebook, here is the link to a group that has been organized to mobilize opposition to the development of Stevie’s own little Ministry of Truth:

This is important, folks. If this passes as-is, then Big Brother – through withholding of tax credits – have the ability to dictate the content of any Canadian film endeavor. There are some who argue that no one in the industry should receive credits and that the value of the film should be determined by the marketplace. And maybe this argument has some merit.

But whether one disagrees with the public funding of the arts or not, I think we can all agree that Big Brother should not have the right to grant or withhold said funding based on whether or not the work aligns with the government’s priorities!