Monday, October 6, 2008

New tax to fund arts and culture community

Multiculturalism has so fractured and eroded the market for Canadian arts and culture that apparently that community can no longer flourish, or perhaps even survive, without billions of dollars in handouts from federal, provincial and municipal governments and corporate donations.

So desperate has the situation become that several groups, including the Canadian Film and Television Production Association, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, the Directors Guild of Canada, and Writers Guild of Canada proposed a mandatory Internet Service Provider (ISP) tax of 2.5 per cent of broadband revenue to help fund the creation of Canadian new media content.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has responded by planning hearings on new media regulation in early 2009, the focal point of which will be a new tax on ISPs.

Desperate times indeed. Desperate measures are called for, and so we will force millions of middle-income Canadians to pay millions of dollars more in a new tax so we can pass it on to fund the creation of Canadian new media content.

Cable and satellite TV providers are already required to contribute a percentage of their revenues to the production of Canadian television programs. But, apparently, middle-income Canadians are rolling in cash so another money grab is called for.

How many more billions of dollars do we need to pour into our arts and culture industries before they'll be satisfied?

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