Remember way back during the last election? I do. I remember worrying about the Conservative Party’s Hidden Agenda. I remember thinking that just because Harper wasn’t talking about Social Conservatism (i.e. ’cause the Bible tells me so), that they wouldn’t implement Socially Conservative measures once they felt secure in their parliamentary position. Lo and behold, the Hidden Agenda rears it’s ugly head, once more:
Charles McVety, president of the Canada Family Action Coalition, said his lobbying efforts included discussions with Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day and Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, and “numerous” meetings with officials in the Prime Minister’s Office.
“We’re thankful that someone’s finally listening,” he said yesterday. “It’s fitting with conservative values, and I think that’s why Canadians voted for a Conservative government.”
Mr. McVety said films promoting homosexuality, graphic sex or violence should not receive tax dollars, and backbench Conservative MPs and cabinet ministers support his campaign.
I strongly suspect that people of Mr. McVety’s ilk would frown upon funding such recent Canadian art as Juno (OMG! Pregnant Teen! Strong Female Lead!), Fido (Zombies! Spawns of the Devil, They Are! And There’s Violence!!!!), and Bon Cop, Bad Cop (Violence! Again! And HOCKEY MASSSSSKKKKKSSSSS!!!!! That’s the Devil’s Sport!). Not to mention all those films which didn’t garner as much popular support (i.e., money), but which had artistic merit, and employed sectors of the Canadian film-making industry.
Joking aside, this has me very afraid. Who will be in charge of deciding what projects are too violent? Too sexy? Too un-Christian? Stockwell Day? Will all future Canadian movies that want to take advantage of federal tax credits need to have dinosaurs walking alongside mankind? Will the Nature of Things have to cease funding scientific documentaries?
Thank you, Canadian voter. And thank you, spineless, weak, ineffective opposition, for allowing Harper to rule as though he had a majority. I remain afraid.