Who will tell our stories if the film industry is as good as pushed out the door? If we believe this place is as special as we say we do, then why would we remove the very creative force that could share it?
As Danielle Chartier, MLA for Saskatoon Riversdale, was quoted in the Legislature building in Regina yesterday: “Saskatchewan is a ‘have’ province in every industry but film.”
Why are we willing to settle for this? There is a quote I read some time ago that reads “examine what you tolerate” and I think it is safe to say that the people of Saskatchewan will not tolerate this. If you want to ignore the economics, and forget that these are all entrepreneurs choosing to base their business in Saskatchewan, then let’s look at the simplest logic – how could we let our storytellers leave? Why would we accept that there is no way to keep these people here?
There needs to be room for Saskatchewan to be multi-dimensional – which means making room for all types of excellence. We need the diversity of thought and beliefs to continue to grow as a province.
Saskatchewan, you should be allowed to shine on this stage.
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Or go read any of the articles that have been written by major media outlets – the SMPIA website has a complete list for you. Keep checking back as we know this story is spreading far and wide.