August 28, 2008

Quebec artists call Stephen Harper a censorship NAZI

Is Prime Minister Stephen Harper like Adolf Hitler? So says a group of Quebec artists and artisans who are blasting $45 million dollars in cuts to federal arts spending, effecting mostly Quebec.

Hundreds of Quebec singers, actors, dancers and writers gathered in a Montreal square to condemn the funding cuts announced recently by the Conservative government.

The artists are accusing the Harper government of trying to censor them.

When composer Walter Boudreau delivered a blisteringly sarcastic speech from the stage about the intentions of the federal government he concluded it by shouting, "Heil Hitler."

A couple of people in the crowd also hoisted signs marked with the Nazi swastika and photos of Stephen Harper with a Hitler mustache.

Credible or not, Quebec artists do have good reason to be upset and they're not alone...

The Canadian television and film industry also has a bone to pick with Stephen Harper, who this year passed Bill C-10, which effectively cuts off funding for ANY film or television production which references sex, homosexuality or violence.

That includes instructional videos on how to properly put on a condom, any film showing police, the mafia, murders, etc... so much for a Toronto or Vancouver version of CSI. The Canadian film industry is justifiably upset about it and the bill is evidently designed to censor anything the Stephen Harper government doesn't approve of.

First Bill C-10 censors the film/TV industry about anything sexual or violent, and now deliberate cuts to Quebec's arts industries... what is next?

Is Stephen Harper going to sell the CBC?

Introduce a new law that restricts journalists?

It certainly looks like Stephen Harper is trying to muzzle Canada's media and arts industry.

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