March 4, 2008
Call to Action: Bill C-10
Slipped into the Conservative government’s Bill C-10 Amendments to the Income Tax Act, is a change that would allow Canadian Heritage to pull financial tax credit aid from Canadian film and television for productions “contrary to public policy” standards.
The amendment is a grave threat to free creative endeavour. Tax credits could be denied after the completion of work where anything is deemed to be of an explicit sexual nature, denigrates or is excessively violent without educational value. This amendment amounts to censorship of the most serious, arbitrary and offensive kind and could set a far-reaching precedent for similar future repression. Such censorship will have a chilling effect on artistic production. Guarantee of freedom of expression is an important bedrock of Canadian society and must be protected.
It is important that opposition be voiced immediately if the amendment to Bill C-10 is to be stopped. The Bill has passed 2nd reading at the Senate and is now under review by the Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. Please act.
- Call or email your objections to Saskatchewan Senators and your MP.
- Send the following short letter, or better yet, write your own to the 8 members of the Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.
- Circulate this appeal widely.
Emails and addresses for Senators, MPs and the Standing Committee are below.
I wish to express my opposition to the changes to the Income Tax Act proposed in Bill C-10 that bring in broad censorship in the name of “public policy” to the production tax credit system. There are at present adequate protections of public interest in the hands of the federal government. Guarantees of freedom of expression are an important bedrock of Canadian society. Please ensure that these offensive censorship proposals are removed from Bill C-10.
Your name and address.
(Note: Stamps are not needed for letters mailed to these addresses.)
Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce: Contact Information
Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce
The Senate of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A4
W. David Angus email@example.com
Yoine Goldstein firstname.lastname@example.org
Michel Biron email@example.com
John Trevor Eyton firstname.lastname@example.org
Mac Harb email@example.com
Mobina S. B. Jaffer firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul J. Massicotte email@example.com
Michael A. Meighen firstname.lastname@example.org,ca
Wilfred P. Moore email@example.com
Pierette Ringuette firstname.lastname@example.org
David Tkachuk email@example.com
Saskatchewan Senators: Contact Information
Senate of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A4
Andreychuk, Raynell firstname.lastname@example.org
Dyck, Lillian Eva email@example.com
Gustafson, Leonard J. firstname.lastname@example.org
Merchant, Pana email@example.com
Peterson, Robert W.
Tkachuk, David firstname.lastname@example.org
Saskatchewan MPs: Contact Information
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
David Anderson Anderson.email@example.com
Dave Batters firstname.lastname@example.org
Garry Breitkreuz email@example.com
Brian Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ralph Goodale goodale,email@example.com
Ed Kormanicki firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Lukiwski email@example.com
Gary Merasty firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerry Ritz email@example.com
Andrew Scheer firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Skelton email@example.com
Bradley Trost firstname.lastname@example.org
Maurice Vellacott email@example.com
Lynne Yelich firstname.lastname@example.org