Bill Good is selling another load of codswallop today on CKNW. Something about the British Columbia film industry and HST being inseparable.
Don’t believe it.
Film and video production in BC has been well established for years; it matured long before HST arrived. Also on the scene for years, and growing steadily, are tax credits, whereby BC citizens pay Canadian or international film and television production corporations to shoot here. Our subsidies must keep rising because we play leapfrog with other regions.
HST puts more money in the pockets of producers but, since they paid little provincial tax anyway, it is not a deal breaker, only another sweetener.
Bill Good and CKNW are simply doing what they have done from the beginning, which is trying to sell HST as a great device that allows citizens to subsidize corporations.
Today, I won’t even discuss the fact that one of the biggest owners in the movie production services business is David McLean, railway tycoon, Liberal bagman and friend to Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark.