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Film industry could decide Vancouver-Fairview riding

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The race for the seat in Vancouver-Fairview is usually a close one and this year voters who work in the film industry could be the difference between who wins and who loses.

“I’m told that Vancouver-Fairview has the highest number of film industry workers of any constituency in BC and frankly, I was surprised by the number of people I met knocking on doors who told me they work in the film industry and their main concern is jobs are going east,” NDP candidate George Heyman tells News1130.

“I’m glad we’ve acted, they’re glad we’ve acted and I think we’ve taken a positive step to protect and enhance a good, solid industry here in BC,” he adds.

Heyman, Liberal candidate Margaret MacDiarmid and Green candidate Matthew Pedley all say they’re concerned about jobs in the industry moving to Ontario, which offers a bigger tax credit for film and TV production.

The NDP is promising to boost BC’s tax credit by as much as seven per cent in an attempt to level the playing field.

The party says the move will cost about $45 million, but it believes it will create more than $90 million in revenue.

MacDiarmid disputes those numbers and says getting into a war with Ontario is the wrong approach.

“People are concerned, just as I am, about the job loss but what I’ve said [to people in the industry] is each time we’ve raised our tax credit, Ontario and Quebec have raised theirs,” she says. ”At some point we have to say we’re not going to do that anymore. If we were going to increase that tax credit, we think it would cost us about $100 million annually and we’re not going to do that.”

She wants to see a national strategy that stops provinces competing against one another.

The Greens don’t address the issue in their platform, but Pedley says he personally supports a substantial tax break.

“I support the film industry in BC and I would be willing to support a tax credit for 25 percent of production costs in the short term, but not necessarily indefinitely,” Pedley says. ”That would make sure we don’t have the entire industry disappear before our very eyes and have us lose all of the infrastructure that has been built up to support the industry.”

In 2009, MacDiarmid defeated NDP candidate Jen McGinn by less than 2,000 votes.

Before MacDiarmid held the seat, the riding was held by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson who was a member of the NDP at the time.

Source: News 1130

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Headline, Industry News

Film industry could decide Vancouver-Fairview riding

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The race for the seat in Vancouver-Fairview is usually a close one and this year voters who work in the film industry could be the difference between who wins and who loses.

“I’m told that Vancouver-Fairview has the highest number of film industry workers of any constituency in BC and frankly, I was surprised by the number of people I met knocking on doors who told me they work in the film industry and their main concern is jobs are going east,” NDP candidate George Heyman tells News1130.

“I’m glad we’ve acted, they’re glad we’ve acted and I think we’ve taken a positive step to protect and enhance a good, solid industry here in BC,” he adds.

Heyman, Liberal candidate Margaret MacDiarmid and Green candidate Matthew Pedley all say they’re concerned about jobs in the industry moving to Ontario, which offers a bigger tax credit for film and TV production.

The NDP is promising to boost BC’s tax credit by as much as seven per cent in an attempt to level the playing field.

The party says the move will cost about $45 million, but it believes it will create more than $90 million in revenue.

MacDiarmid disputes those numbers and says getting into a war with Ontario is the wrong approach.

“People are concerned, just as I am, about the job loss but what I’ve said [to people in the industry] is each time we’ve raised our tax credit, Ontario and Quebec have raised theirs,” she says. ”At some point we have to say we’re not going to do that anymore. If we were going to increase that tax credit, we think it would cost us about $100 million annually and we’re not going to do that.”

She wants to see a national strategy that stops provinces competing against one another.

The Greens don’t address the issue in their platform, but Pedley says he personally supports a substantial tax break.

“I support the film industry in BC and I would be willing to support a tax credit for 25 percent of production costs in the short term, but not necessarily indefinitely,” Pedley says. ”That would make sure we don’t have the entire industry disappear before our very eyes and have us lose all of the infrastructure that has been built up to support the industry.”

In 2009, MacDiarmid defeated NDP candidate Jen McGinn by less than 2,000 votes.

Before MacDiarmid held the seat, the riding was held by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson who was a member of the NDP at the time.

Source: News 1130

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Headline, Industry News

Film industry could decide Vancouver-Fairview riding

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The race for the seat in Vancouver-Fairview is usually a close one and this year voters who work in the film industry could be the difference between who wins and who loses.

“I’m told that Vancouver-Fairview has the highest number of film industry workers of any constituency in BC and frankly, I was surprised by the number of people I met knocking on doors who told me they work in the film industry and their main concern is jobs are going east,” NDP candidate George Heyman tells News1130.

“I’m glad we’ve acted, they’re glad we’ve acted and I think we’ve taken a positive step to protect and enhance a good, solid industry here in BC,” he adds.

Heyman, Liberal candidate Margaret MacDiarmid and Green candidate Matthew Pedley all say they’re concerned about jobs in the industry moving to Ontario, which offers a bigger tax credit for film and TV production.

The NDP is promising to boost BC’s tax credit by as much as seven per cent in an attempt to level the playing field.

The party says the move will cost about $45 million, but it believes it will create more than $90 million in revenue.

MacDiarmid disputes those numbers and says getting into a war with Ontario is the wrong approach.

“People are concerned, just as I am, about the job loss but what I’ve said [to people in the industry] is each time we’ve raised our tax credit, Ontario and Quebec have raised theirs,” she says. ”At some point we have to say we’re not going to do that anymore. If we were going to increase that tax credit, we think it would cost us about $100 million annually and we’re not going to do that.”

She wants to see a national strategy that stops provinces competing against one another.

The Greens don’t address the issue in their platform, but Pedley says he personally supports a substantial tax break.

“I support the film industry in BC and I would be willing to support a tax credit for 25 percent of production costs in the short term, but not necessarily indefinitely,” Pedley says. ”That would make sure we don’t have the entire industry disappear before our very eyes and have us lose all of the infrastructure that has been built up to support the industry.”

In 2009, MacDiarmid defeated NDP candidate Jen McGinn by less than 2,000 votes.

Before MacDiarmid held the seat, the riding was held by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson who was a member of the NDP at the time.

Source: News 1130

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