Crazy bill C-10 got inadvertantly passed into the senate with an overlooked provision that would allow the Canadian Heritage Minister to deny tax credits to films or television projects deemed offensive. So, essentially all good Canadian film projects could be axed, including most/all Cronenberg’s stuff.
globeandmail.com: Tories plan to withhold funding for ‘offensive’ productions
The Conservative government has drafted guidelines that would allow it to pull financial aid for any film or television show that it deems offensive or not in the public’s best interest â.. even if government agencies have invested in them.
The proposed changes to the Income Tax Act would allow the Heritage Minister to deny tax credits to projects deemed offensive, effectively killing the productions. Representatives from Heritage and the Department of Justice will determine which shows or films pass the test.
Game and talk shows, news, sports, reality television and pornography are already excluded from access to the tax credits. The proposed prohibition would cover a sweeping range of material, such as anything of an explicit sexual nature, that denigrates a group or is excessively violent without an educational value.