Film industry a missed opportunity for Island economy: MacKay

Kensington - Interest generated by a new Anne of Green Gables movie underscores the missed opportunity of having a thriving local film industry creating jobs and economic growth, says Kensington-Malpeque MLA and Opposition Economic Development and Tourism Critic Matthew MacKay.

“There has been a lot of buzz generated by the new Anne film which helps raise the Island’s profile but imagine the impact this production would have had if it had been filmed here with all the economic spinoffs staying local. We need only look at the spinoffs generated by independent local productions shot here like Just Passing Through for example,” said MacKay.

MacKay has raised the issue of helping the local film industry grow and thrive at the Standing Committee on Education and Economic Development, inviting presentations from industry stakeholders to make a business case for further growth. MacKay pointed to the negative impact that cuts to support for the film sector created in Nova Scotia in terms of lost jobs, cancelled productions and business relocations. MacKay also suggested that the current low Canadian dollar could further enhance the attractiveness of the Island as a place for investment from the film sector.

“I think we’re missing an opportunity as a province to see direct and indirect spinoffs in jobs, economic activity, and branding. If we had a tax regime that encouraged our local film sector to thrive here it would help Islanders share their stories with the world,” said MacKay.

                                                        

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