Mandryk On Wall’s Film Bash-A-Rama

The Leader-Post’s politics columnist is not impressed:

Really, is it not a problem when the major international stories emerging out of this province in the past week were the attempt by liquor and gaming inspectors to ban Chippendale dancers at a breast cancer fundraiser and the decision to become about the only jurisdiction in North American without a film tax credit? Is this the cosmopolitan “new Saskatchewan” that’s trying to attract investors and foreign workers?

Murray Mandryk is correct. Yes, this is a problem. He continues:

Maybe this is an issue where it would be wise for Wall to demonstrate his capacity to listen and to clearly show his government isn’t dictated by the pettiness of those who seem to resent the film tax credit simply because it was started by the previous NDP government.

Right again!

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

5 thoughts on “Mandryk On Wall’s Film Bash-A-Rama”

  1. It’s maddening when you have a government that lies to your face and hopes enough of its supporters don’t know or don’t care to know the facts.

    The Tax Credit is not a grant, no matter how many times the Premier says it is. The Minister of Culture keeps changing his numbers on how much the government has invested in the film industry by folding in support to the Saskatchewan Arts Board, which has nothing to do with the Film/TV industry.

    Is it really too much to ask one’s elected officials to act in the interests of the province?

    This is a terrible decision that will lead to a loss of general revenues for the province, a loss of spending on local businesses and will lead to an exodus of trained, creative, entrepenurial people.

  2. You know what bugs me? When people call you “outdoorsy”. WTF does that even mean? Sadly, it often sounds like a self-delusional tribute as if to say, me: urbane, sophisticated, and witty; you: college-educated ditch-dweller.

    Anyway, I’m not embarrassed by SLGA, but the film tax credit…why did it take till Term 2 to terminate it? Weird timing, weird everything.

  3. i guess this is wall”s new saskatchewan the money hes saving here he will blow it some other place seeing he is renting i believe 5 floors in the new hill tower

  4. Back when they were in opposition the SP used to use this credit as an example of wasteful spending by the NDP. They’ve always hated it. Personally I think they waited until the second term to do away with it because Corner Gas was still running during the first term. If they had cancelled it then, and Corner Gas pulled out, well not only would they have lost the opportunity for TV cameos, but every vote in Dog River as well.

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