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David Zitzerman quoted in "Tories plan to withhold funding for 'offensive'productions", Globe and Mail

February-28-2008

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Excerpt from "Tories plan to withhold funding for 'offensive' productions; Committee to decide whether material meets new criteria", by Gayle MacDonald:

Toronto lawyer David Zitzerman of Goodmans LLP says the government's plans smack of "closet censorship."

"The proposed new initiative, if not properly crafted, could potentially violate the Charter [of Rights and Freedoms] and lead to possible legal challenges against the Minister of Canadian Heritage," Mr Zitzerman said yesterday. "Such a provision could potentially lead to the government acting as 'morality police.' The existing definitions of pornography and obscenity in the Criminal Code should be sufficient for the government's purposes."