Pearls clutched firmly in hand, Big Daddy and his merry band of Victorian morality police are putting the smut producers on notice. Via the Globe and Mail:
The Conservative government has drafted guidelines that would allow it to pull financial aid for any film or television show that it deems offensive or not in the public's best interest - even if government agencies have invested in them.
The proposed changes to the Income Tax Act would allow the Heritage Minister to deny tax credits to projects deemed offensive, effectively killing the productions. Representatives from Heritage and the Department of Justice will determine which shows or films pass the test.
No, really. But it might not be as easy as they think.
Toronto lawyer David Zitzerman of Goodmans LLP says the government's plans smack of "closet censorship."
"The proposed new initiative, if not properly crafted, could potentially violate the Charter [of Rights and Freedoms] and lead to possible legal challenges against the Minister of Canadian Heritage," Mr. Zitzerman said yesterday. "Such a provision could potentially lead to the government acting as 'morality police.' The existing definitions of pornography and obscenity in the Criminal Code should be sufficient for the government's purposes.
"Would this committee put money into Juno? It might not want to encourage teen pregnancy. Would the government put money into a film with a dirty title, like Young People Fucking? Would they invest in something like Brokeback Mountain? They might not want to encourage gay cowboys to have sex together in Alberta."
There are gay cowboys in Alberta? Somebody better tell NAMBLA-Dick ... he’ll be on this like a fat kid on a Smartie©.