Canada's independent producers say proposed Senate amendments to Bill C-10 reflect their concerns, stabilize the industry

    OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's independent film and television
producers responded to the proposed amendments to Bill C-10 released today by
Senators Francis Fox and Wilfred Moore. These amendments will be introduced by
Liberal Senators when the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and
Commerce proceeds to the clause-by-clause examination of Bill C-10 this fall.
    Bill C-10, the omnibus income tax bill before the Senate of Canada,
currently includes language that permits any Minister of Canadian Heritage to
establish and arbitrarily modify as yet undefined guidelines that determine if
a film is "contrary to public policy," thereby denying federal tax credits
that are vital to the financing of productions, after productions have been
financed and completed.
    "Canada's independent film and television producers feel that they have
been listened to and understood. The proposed amendments to Bill C-10 are
fully consistent with Criminal Code compliance recommendations made by the
Canadian Film and Television Production Association to the Senate Committee,"
said Guy Mayson, President and CEO of the CFTPA. "These amendments to
Bill C-10 would help return stability to our industry, which employs more than
124,000 people across Canada."
    The changes being proposed by Senators Francis Fox and Wilfred Moore

    - Remove the power for the Minister of Heritage to refuse tax credits
      based on "public policy" or to issue guidelines about film content,
      while at the same time safeguarding the right to deny funds when the
      production itself is contrary to the Criminal Code;
    - Give producers an efficient judicial appeal mechanism if the Minister
      blocks or delays funding;
    - Continue to prevent government funding of pornography, child
      pornography, and hate propaganda.

    "The CFTPA commends the Senate Committee for undertaking a thorough
examination of Bill C-10, considering the views of the CFTPA and Canadian film
and television industry and proposing amendments that will restore clarity to
the tax credit financing environment," said Sandra Cunningham, Chair of the
Board of the CFTPA. "We look forward to working with the Government and
Minister of Canadian Heritage to ensure the vital role of ongoing public
support for the creation of distinctly Canadian content and that Bill C-10 is
approved with these practical amendments."

    The Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) is a
non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of almost 400 companies
engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television
programs, feature films, and interactive media products in all regions of
Canada. The CFTPA promotes the general interests of members provincially,
federally, and internationally; negotiates and manages labour agreements with
guilds and unions; administers copyright collectives; trains new industry
entrants through several national internship programs; and undertakes a number
of other specific initiatives that help increase awareness and enhance
communication within the Canadian and international production communities.

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