NDP calling on NSBI to answer film tax credit questions

May 14, 2015

NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald says the screen industry deserves clarity around the film tax credit. To this end she has written to the chair of the Legislature’s Public Accounts Committee asking that Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) CEO Laurel Broten be called to testify as soon as possible.

The letter comes on the heels of an allnovascotia.com story that reports NSBI recently sent out letters to local film makers urging them to submit applications for the $500,000 Eastlink TV Independent production fund by May 25. The only catch, to qualify for the fund, film makers must also qualify for the recently slashed Nova Scotia film tax credit. This has obviously created confusion.

“To date, there have been no meetings between Screen Nova Scotia and NSBI to discuss the guidelines for the new incentive program. We find ourselves stuck between the old system and the new one. This makes ‘business as usual’ impossible. We know that government is working on it, and we are anxious to get the conversation going, the sooner the better,” says Marc Almon, Chair of Screen Nova Scotia.

“The slashing and subsequent mishandling of the film tax credit has created a great deal of uncertainty in what is a valuable industry for our province,” says MacDonald. “Film makers looking to access the Eastlink Fund have valid concerns and they can’t afford to wait months for answers. That’s why we’re calling on the CEO of NSBI to appear at Public Accounts as early as next week to provide clarity.”

Yesterday at Public Accounts MacDonald introduced a motion asking the committee to continue its work until the end of June. The Liberal members of the committee voted down the motion.