We are also involved in an ongoing campaign to reassert the non-negotiability of Canadian Directors, writers, performers and crew for productions benefitting from investment that is supposed to be fully dedicated to Canadian productions.
That campaign is quickly expanding to include a defence of NAFTA protections for Canadian culture – the so-called “cultural exemption” clause in the treaty. This new concern arose when the new US government committed itself to opening up all existing trade agreements for re-negotiation, including NAFTA.
If the cultural exemption clause is eliminated, we risk an end to Canada’s ability to strategically invest in our domestic cultural industries. This risk extends to all Canadian productions benefitting from public investment, tax credits, or even from sequestered public/private funds like the CMF and quotas designed to assist Canadian productions.
With the stakes this high, maintaining a strong, national voice is not optional – it is a matter of survival.
President, Directors Guild of Canada