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« on: November 07, 2007, 11:22:48 AM »

I would love to hear some ideas on how American Producers can be encouraged to keep US Productions in the States without totally destroying the Canadian Production Industry.

All too often we hear about projects with subject matter indigenous to a particular US city which are taken to Canada based on the financial incentives. Creative "adjustments" were required in order to "cheat" the obvious shortcomings of the locale.
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2007, 11:24:36 AM »

A direct message to you From Haskell Wexler
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Dear Fellow Crewmembers:

I am very excited about the news from the coalition supporting the tariff petition. This is a possibility. The Commerce Department accepted the petition on December 4th and have already sent the studios questionnaires to detail their production activities in Canada.I just want to clarify one misconception about this petition, it's goal is not to impose tariffs but to remove the subsidies. Removal of the subsidies would 'level the playing field', at no cost to the American taxpayer. If the Commerce Dept. decides to take the case, one of the first things they will do is bring the Canadians to the table to discuss whether or not the subsidies are legal, if they prove to be illegal, the Canadians can withdraw the subsidies. Should they refuse to do this, then and only then would a tariff be imposed.

I hope you will support this petition, we need our jobs back, the economy needs us working. Please download the petition from the website www.ftac.net, sign it, get all your friends who are involved in the film business to sign it and mail it back as soon as possible. Time is of the essence as the petitions have to be counted and sent to Washington. We can do this, you can do this, act now to save your jobs.

Sincerely.

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