What Is This I Don’t Even

Judging from Saskatoon Star-Phoenix columnist Les MacPherson’s latest offering, Postmedia’s gibberish-to-English program is in dire need of upgrade.

Author: Stephen LaRose

2006 winner of the Canadian Association of University Teachers's Award of Excellence in Journalism for a bunch of prairie dog stuff. Invited into the best homes in Regina. Once.

16 thoughts on “What Is This I Don’t Even”

  1. Of the many insights that inspired me in this piece was “What is not taken from the taxpayers they will spend on other things. ”

    light bulb !!!

    You mean money that Government doesn’t spend on one thing can be used for other things!

    Thank you Les for saving us from ourselves. Better to subsidize potash or gold or other resources. Economic diversity is a sham that all those other suckers in 98 % of North America can pay for. Not us here in Saskaboom. We don’t need no stinking creative people with their families.

    How can the same company that let MMandryk write such a well thought out piece one day let this guy write such drivel the next? I don’t get it and it makes me sad.

  2. I’m so relieved that what was not taken from the taxpayers will be spent on other things.

    Wait… what does that mean?

    Am I getting a “boot the film industry out of the province” rebate of some sort?

  3. So, Les et al figgure , net cost $1.3 mil. to Sask people.

    1.1 millon SK peeps / $1.3 m tax loss?

    = $.85 per person cost/yr. to keep 700+ film/video,related jobs in SK.

  4. Most of the film and TV projects that are — I mean, were — produced in Saskatchewan with the help of the film employment tax credit involved investment from various sources outside the province. That includes the rest of Canada and even other countries in the case of co-productions. When no productions occur in Saskatchewan, as is pretty much the case now, no outside investment in the film and TV area comes here. And that’s only one aspect of the economic activity that the study would have identified as a plus to Saskatchewan.

  5. Too much number spinning.
    SaskParty has their numbers supporting their reasons to end the film tax credit.
    SaskFilm has their own numbers to counter the SaskParty.
    And now Sask Chamber of Commerce has their numbers to revive this dead debate.

    SaskParty already said they are not bringing the tax film credit back. So end it already.

  6. MB: the Sask Party government HAS no numbers to justify their attack on the film industry. They whacked it because they don’t understand creative industries, which they see as socialism or something. On this topic, they’re arrogant, dumb, paranoid and malicious, and even the head of the chamber of commerce sees that.

    The criticism is not going to end. Get used to it.

  7. Yeah, MB: “Democracy” isn’t just some passive platitude. When your leaders fabricate bullshit numbers, it’s your job, in a democracy, to figure that out. (Tho I fully understand that nothing bad can really happen in a western society and thus reducing democracy to a passive platitude is totally alright, eg #yqrvotes)

  8. @10 Ah! Mr Whitworth…always nice of the big Prairie Dogger himself to drop by. Since the Sask Gov’t stated this Film Tax Credit costs between $3 million and $8 million a year this past 2012 budget, then those numbers exist in the budget data of past budgets. Right?

    Also, if they truly did this because of your opiniated reasons, then why are other States or Countries either considering or making budget cuts to film funding and film tax incentives, regardless of their own gov’t ideologies? Please refer to provided links.

    http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2011/06/18/poor-reviews-prompt-states-cry-%E2%80%98cut%E2%80%99-film-tax-incentives

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/french-film-exhibitors-discuss-threats-377020

    http://www.fbtfilm.com/other-states-cut-incentives.aspx

    http://artmoneynyc.tumblr.com/post/16032952633/should-new-york-say-cut-to-expensive-film-industry

    And remember, this Sask Film Tax Credit was originally created with the intention to help start up the film industry in Sask., not for it to relied upon years later.

    Sure. Rant, rave, debate about it until your face turns red all you want. It doesn’t change the fact that the Tax Film Credit is gone and it will be replaced with the upcoming Film,TV and Digital Tax Credit. It isn’t coming back. So, with all due respect Mr. Whitworth….get used to it.

    @11 T F Jr. This time around…no I don’t agree with you that this is passive platitude. Any level of Gov’t with a vision or plans also looks beyond it’s borders to check if something they plan on doing is also happening in other areas of the world. If you check the links I provided above, cuts are happening to film funding and film tax incentives in other countries and parts of the United States. The Sask Party aren’t the first to implement cuts like this.

  9. Thanks for taking the time to share those links, MB. I have a pile of stuff on my plate so I can’t adequately return the favour. But briefly:

    1.) Your first link goes to the right-wing Heartland Institute. Hahaha, no.

    2.) The Hollywood Reporter article is very interesting. The French government’s new taxes on the French National Cinema Centre and cuts to arts funding doesn’t seem to be an apples-to-apples comparison, to me, however. Saskatchewan didn’t cut film funding (despite Brad Wall’s dishonest characterization of the tax credit) and isn’t raising taxes on productions. Instead, it cut a tax incentive program that critics say is devastating to economic and cultural activity (and which indisputably has driven film productions out of this province).

    3.) I’m not sure you’ve looked at your own links, here. FTB Film and Entertainment administers Louisiana film tax credits, and the company views New Mexico’s possible cuts to film tax credits as an opportunity for Louisiana to poach productions. It’s an argument in favour of tax credts! Your fourth link also appears (I just skimmed it) to make the case FOR film tax credits.

    4.) I am opinionated about this, yes, and rightly so: I remember when the Sask Party was in opposition and hammered the NDP over film. They really seem to hate it. It’s demented. It’s also a quality they share with the federal Conservatives, who a few years back floated the idea of making tax credits conditional on their assessment of a film’s moral quality. They were excoriated for that.

    Keep in mind the Sask Party is being clobbered by everyone on their handling of the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit: the media hates it, the filmmakers hate it, the Opposition hates it and the Sask Chamber of Commerce hates it. This issue is not going away, your objections notwithstanding.

    That’s all I’ve got for now. Perhaps someone else can step in and address MB’s concerns/skepticism with Sask Film’s study in more detail?

  10. M b
    People don’t have to get used a policy they believe is wrong. They can develop cogent arguments and present it to world with the hope they can change hearts and minds. That is what the chamber and film folks are doing right now.
    You may think that those links support your assertion that other jurisdictions are dropping film tax incentives, but they don’t.
    It is true that incentives are in flux and regularly run out of funding due to over subscription, but the VAST majority of film and TV production in North America and Europe is supported by incentives. It may be that you or I think this a bad idea, but it is a reality and any jurisdiction that does not offer them doesn’t have film production.

    It seems you have some inside information on what the government will be offering as a new incentive model, but I can assure you if it is not fully funded it will not attract production and the government will continue to wear this unnecessary fiasco for as long as there are film industry people left in the province.

  11. Here’s an idea for the Sask Party, specifically for Brad Wall to ensure his popularity for at least the next two terms: be the first politician to openly admit he acted on bad advice and reinstate the credit essentially as it was. Next, eliminate a token bad advisor or two from the party (oh wait, Hutchison is already as good as gone)and watch the public embrace the fact that even “supreme” leaders are fallible or at least susceptible to bad information. Follow up with an “aww shucks folks” interview on Gormley, praise the Riders and move on with the more pressing agenda of eliminating our unionized workforce! You couldn’t spend 1.3 millions dollars in party funds on TV ads to obtain the same approval ratings.

  12. @15: Yup. I can’t be the only person wondering if that’s not the plan at this point.

    I stand by my opinion that they’re completely clueless on creative sector policy. Likely because very few creative people support conservative politicians (good opportunity there for cynical artists).

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