Artistic censorship in the guise of legislative change

    TORONTO, Feb. 29 /CNW/ - Canadian Actors' Equity Association joins the
chorus of arts and culture voices across Canada condemning the Conservative
government's plan to render certain productions ineligible for film and
television tax credits.
    "The proposed changes to the Income Tax Act are a peculiar new form of
censorship and appears to be direct interference in the existing programs."
states Arden R. Ryshpan, Executive Director. She continued "Artists in this
country, regardless of the medium they work in, must be free to create without
worrying about what might or might not be interpreted as 'contrary to public
    Equity calls on the government to amend the proposed changes to the Act
and to respect the arms-length film and television funding process currently
in place.
    "We hope that this is not the direction the government intends to pursue
with all arts funding and we join with our colleagues in the film and
television community in condemning these actions." said Ryshpan.

    Canadian Actors' Equity Association is the voice of professional artists
working in live performance in English Canada. It is a national artists'
association representing more than 5,500 performers, directors,
choreographers, fight directors and stage managers working in theatre, opera
and dance from coast to coast.

For further information:

For further information: Lynn McQueen, Communications Director, (416)
867-9165 ext. 2620 or (416) 476-7037 (m),, Canadian Actors'
Equity Association, 44 Victoria Street, 12th floor, Toronto, ON, M5C 3C4,

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