Our poll question right now is “Looks like Saskatchewan will soon be the only place in North America without a tax credit program for filmmakers. Have you ever watched a movie?”
You can vote on the right side of the page. Also, there’s an ongoing discussion about prairie dog’s clever poll question in the comments, here.
Speaking of stuff on the right side of stuff, (segue alert!), given that five of the 16 respondents have never seen a movie (or aren’t sure if they have), I’m guessing our poll has had some visits from staffers at the conservative Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation. Who else doesn’t watch movies? The CTF, if you don’t know, is an anti-government, pro-big business lobby group that pretends to represent ordinary Canadians. CTF spokespeople are often interviewed by other media outlets. They always want public employees to take pay and pension cuts, bash arts spending and even lobby for schools should be closed. Lovely people.
Why, here’s the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation explaining why Saskatchewan should get rid of its film tax credit, which will probably kill the Saskatchewan film industry. So if you own a small business that’s got business from a film production (maybe you’re a pub, or a caterer, or a clothing store, or a hair stylist, or you’ve rented suites or hotel rooms to visiting film crews), remember to thank the CTF for their hard work shutting this industry down. They’re doing it for you.
That is, if “you” are one of the undisclosed people or organizations who fund the CTF’s relentless campaign against the public interest.