Whalen, film industry reps differ on meeting result
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Whalen, film industry reps differ on meeting result

Nova Scotia finance minister Diana Whalen delivers her pre-budget speech to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce on March 25, 2015.

HALIFAX – There appear to be different interpretations over what was agreed to in a meeting between Nova Scotia’s finance minister and film industry representatives trying to limit proposed changes to a film tax credit.

A nine-person industry group that met today with Diana Whalen says it believes there is recognition that the proposed change to cut the refundable portion of the tax credit by 75 per cent is not workable.

But Whalen says she only acknowledged that the industry has a problem with the changes and the government does not.

She says the sides have agreed to meet again and are searching for some sort of common ground.

Premier Stephen McNeil says any change to the structure of the tax credit would have to be done within the pool of money made available in the budget.

That amount will see the credit cut from 24 million dollars to just six million in next year’s budget, while film producers would also have access to an additional six million established in a fund for the creative sector.

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Diana….do not give in. This industry needs to learn to source money for their projects from investors, etc…not with their hands out to the Government. The last thing we need is more B-rating movies, poor acting TV shows, and infomercials.

April 14, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    They will source the money for their projects from investors…from Toronto.

    April 15, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Sebastian you need to shut your trap you are just a troll, commenting on all news post. Get a job and get off welfare. Oh but your type are the only ones going to vote for this government next election because they have pissed off the working people of Nova Scotia. Pissed off Nurses and support staff, Pissed off all of the film industry,, Pissed off all the civil servants with wage freezes. Well Im sure your welfare cheque will increase the year into the election. That will be the only votes they get because no working person in Nova Scotia will vote for this trash again!!!

April 14, 2015 at 9:43 pm