Sons of Anarchy star Kim Coates fears the Saskatchewan industry is doomed

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Around 150 local film and TV producers and actors, frustrated with Saskatchewan’s proposed non-refundable tax credit, on Monday presented a petition at the provincial legislature to urge the restoration of a refundable production incentive.

“I’m still staying positive. That’s why I’m here. But I believe he’s [premier Brad Wall] a smart guy. He’s just been given some bad advice,” Sons of Anarchy star Kim Coates (pictured) told Playback Daily from the Regina rally.

Coates, who comes from Saskatoon, said a failure to reinstate a refundable film tax credit could spell doom for the local production sector.

“I’m frightened for 1200 people. They would have to leave this province… for Ontario or British Columbia. The industry will be over,” he insisted.

Coates led around 75 motorcyclists from Kinsmen Park in Saskatoon to the Saskatchewan Sound Stage in Regina, whose own ownership is in limbo as the government looks to the industry to take it over.

The caravan then made its way to the provincial legislature.

The industry last week urged premier Wall to fire his culture minister on grounds the new 25% non-refundable tax credit provides an unworkable business model.

But Wall said he was keeping his minister, and ending a 45% refundable tax credit that offered little return for the province.