Liberal cultural plan lacks details, money

February 22, 2017

For Immediate Release.

HALIFAX – The Cultural Action Plan released today by the Liberal government fails to provide new resources or restore the Film Tax Credit, two key actions that are needed according to NDP MLA Lenore Zann.

“The cultural industry is used to hearing the many ways the McNeil government can’t prioritize local stories and productions, including cuts to the Film Tax Credit and Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia,” says Zann.  “This cultural action plan should have started with a formal apology from Stephen McNeil for his damaging cuts to our cultural and creative industries.”

In 2015, the Liberal government eliminated the Film Tax Credit, without any consultation or discussion with the cultural industries, causing chaos in the industry.  While the industry has recovered somewhat due to the skill and ingenuity of Nova Scotia artists and filmmakers, it is local filmmaking and storytelling that has suffered the most.

“While I’m glad to see the document outlines the need to promote First Nations culture and heritage in Nova Scotia, I don’t think you can call something an action plan without budgets and due dates,” said Zann. “We need a government that will invest in the creative and cultural economy, ensuring there are good, local jobs in film and television productions, theatre performances, publishing, museums, theatres, heritage sites, and community festivals.”

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For more information please contact Kaley Kennedy at (902) 229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca