TORONTO, May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian Actors' Equity Association
condemns the Minister of Canadian Heritage's savage personal attack on
NDP MP Tyrone Benskin. James Moore's unprovoked comments in the House
of Commons were clearly made in order to deflect scrutiny away from
questions regarding the Prime Minister's Office and ongoing Senate
"The undisguised contempt displayed by Minister Moore and the members of
his Conservative caucus was disrespectful to the entire Canadian arts
and culture community." stated Arden R. Ryshpan, Executive Director.
"Regardless of Mr. Benskin's personal situation, his Private Members
Bill to institute income averaging for artists is a needed change to
the Canadian tax system and one for which the arts and culture
community has been advocating for many years." continued Ryshpan.
Income tax averaging, already available to other professions, would
allow artists whose incomes vary tremendously from year to year, to be
able to average their income over a longer period and pay fair taxes
Ryshpan continues "To suggest that this Bill was cooked up by an MP
solely to avoid paying his own taxes ignores years of lobbying and the
contributions of many artists on this issue."
Recipients of the 2013 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards were in
the visitor's gallery of the House of Commons, and were witness to
Minister Moore's unwarranted outburst. As the Conservative Government
should have expressed on May 30, Equity acknowledges and values the
contributions that Andrew Dawes, Daniel Lanois, Jean Pierre Lefebvre,
Viola Léger, Eric Peterson, Menaka Thakkar, Jean Pierre Desrosiers and
Sarah Polley have made to our country.
Canadian Actors' Equity Association is the voice of professional artists
working in live performance in English Canada. It is a national
artists' association representing almost 6,000 performers, directors,
choreographers, fight directors and stage managers working in theatre,
opera and dance from coast to coast.
SOURCE: Canadian Actors' Equity Association
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