What happens when glamour pusses get elected? Canada is an odd country of many imbalances because of its vast wilderness and small population that is unevenly concentrated to the south hugging the American border. So its parliament has as many Federal representatives as the American government but is not bicameral, everyone in Canada is elected at once and is replaced at once, and so policy has just one gear until the next election whereas the American version, being bicameral, freshly elected politicians have a myth akin to Mr. Deeds Goes to Washington, as a wake-up call arriving by themselves.
I draw attention to Canada’s suspicion Arts & Culture industry. I would say there are fewer than 400 acting professionals in Canada, and so on, yet the arts industry is something like bigger than some basic industries. The arts is high finance; if anyone is ever interested in double-checking me, they’ll see how the seed funding by the government is given credit for many ancillary business endeavors that can easily be filled by American workers. Sounds like I’m practicing funny-math myself, unless you have these realistic cases:
An American special effects company sets up a temporary office in Canada to work on a Hollywood movie just so it can qualify for Canadian tax credits that allows it to lower its bid for the project. Apparently it has become the norm to do this, that American workers can no longer keep relocating their families with them.
As the current Canadian government is prioritizing healthcare for the elderly, it is finding that many ‘great jobs’ (sure) can’t be filled. It mirrors what has been happening in our Arts industry (per Life After Pi). “I think contingent (short term) work is a permanent (long term) part of what work (steady income) looks like in the future (tomorrow) … ” from CBC report
I just watched a Canadian movie and Canada’s contemporary urban prosperity is a blip in its history. The movie is called Mad Ship (Wikipedia), and this story is like the American dust bowl without the dust, just without…consumer spending for hopeful new business starts. Unfortunately, funding is like bobbing for apples; who cares when its private money but with public money-chest its so gawd-awful that the politicians are glad when a project turns out to be average. Many projects with the biggest budgets in Canada, for the public, have turned out to be average when the majority of small ones are duds (a seasons trend).
Back to the movie, I watched it on an alternative distribution platform through my ROKU. ROKU is a cord killer but a mixed blessing. The competition between platforms confuses the topic of funding Canadian movies to raise cultural awareness as a government policy, not a free market strategy. It’s a good movie on an alternative distribution platform, perhaps dumped there, like “Generous donors dropped off an estimated 500,000 books for the annual Times Colonist Book Sale, a fundraising event that’s in its 21st year. That’s on par with the number of books donated during the two-day drop-off period over the past few years.“. and there’s a lot of that going on. That’s more books than chains and ecommerce giants.
Now the government wants Netflix to green light $500 mln of the public’s money worth of movies? Will it be more Life After Pi or will it be more Mad Ship? In Canada, taxes can’t be raised because the rich are broke, after outsourcing to BRIC countries under NAFTA loopholes and breaking trade rules created for Canada’s forgivable or understandable, Cultural mandates. No one seems to say much because its all private money, like “How to Hide $400 Million” or a “conspiratorial tax avoidance en mass when many low income families buy expensive homes“. Bureaucratic managers are behaving less like government and more like future private consultants. When Canadians clear the decks they still keep looking for the old grime; meaning a new way of making money has a greater volume but starts at zero.