It seems Diana Whalen finally figured out what everyone else already knew—the budget sucks. Whalen and various members of her cabinet met this morning with a delegation of nine Nova Scotia film industry professionals in an effort to quell the shitstorm that has been brewing since the budget was announced. Members of the film industry group spoke with the media after a two-hour meeting at the finance department offices, and they were cautiously optimistic.
"The progress made is that they've agreed the proposed budget is not workable...We recognize there will be some change, but we still have concerns, especially the implementation date and the numbers," said Marc Almon of Screen Nova Scotia. Almon said the rally scheduled for tomorrow will occur as planned and the delegation will meet again with Whalen later on in the week.
Scott Simpson of Playmaker Films said it was difficult to say if the McNeil government will change, but they seem willing to meet at some middle ground. The delegation submitted a counter-proposal to the government but was unable to discuss it, saying only that it's leading to discussion. So, all is not lost? *Knocks on wood a thousand bajillion times*