NDP

Mancini calls on Stroink to make #nsfilmjobs a priority

September 8, 2015


Update: The below press release was first issued yesterday, September 8, 2015. Earlier today (June 9th) Screen Nova Scotia also called on the Standing Committee on Economic Development to discuss “the Film Incentive Fund, as well as our struggling film and television industry, at the earliest opportunity.”

The McNeil government needs to make Nova Scotia’s screen industry a priority by allowing the CEO of NSBI (Laurel Broten) to testify at the Standing Committee on Economic Development about the Film and Television Production Incentive Fund says NDP MLA Marian Mancini.

As reported in today’s Chronicle Herald the Liberal chair of the Economic Development Committee, Joachim Stroink, blocked the screen industry fund from appearing on the agenda until 2017. Mancini says more than 2,700 jobs have been impacted by the Liberals’ decision to slash the film tax credit and it’s crucial that the industry learn more about the new credit as soon as possible.

“It seems like every week we are learning of another film or television project that is leaving Nova Scotia and I think it’s imperative that some urgency be applied to the situation,” says Mancini. “Ocean technology is important to our economy and I’m glad it’s getting attention from the committee. But for the Liberal chair to place the Film and Television Production Fund at the very bottom of a 16 topic list is plain wrong given the dire situation our screen workers are facing.”

Last Thursday the Liberals submitted a list of upcoming witnesses at the Economic Development Committee which they said had been established by the clerk after consultation with the chair, Joachim Stroink. The Film and Television Production Incentive Fund appears at the bottom of the list (see attached). The committee meets on a monthly basis, but breaks for summer and when the Legislature is sitting.