March 09, 2017

Access DENIED: Parks Canada shoots down Neeson film for politically incorrect plot line

Andrew LawtonRebel Commentator

Liam Neeson won’t be able to bring his infamous “particular set of skills” to Canada, thanks to political correctness.

A film starring the actor was denied access to the Banff and Jasper national parks by Parks Canada, which wouldn’t issue a film permit because the film features an aboriginal gang leader.

Legendary Metis Canadian actor Tom Jackson was cast in the role, making it a diverse production. But even still, Parks Canada told the location manager of the film that the movie didn’t align with Parks Canada’s values and priorities.

If the roles were reversed—Neeson played the bad guy and Jackson played the aboriginal detective—it seems like the government would be fine with it.

Take a look at some National Film Board grant recipients and you’ll find that not all arms of the government mind controversy in film.

In fact, in some cases it’s desirable.

But not for Parks Canada, which protects our public spaces by picking and choosing which fictional storylines are allowed to be shot there.

Photo source: Twitter/@KootenayAlex 

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commented 2017-03-12 07:13:22 -0400
Just BTW Grahame Greene is cast in the role of a gang leader in the NETFLIX series LONGMIRE.
commented 2017-03-10 16:51:27 -0500
Grahame Greene once suggested that there should be an academy award for best native actor in the role of being shot and falling off a horse…apparently when he was paying his dues he did that more than once…..:-)

Tom Jackson was probably willing to do it for a fraction of what Wes Studi was asking……:-) I just love Wes Studi…one of my all time favourite actors.
commented 2017-03-10 16:24:20 -0500
So, you think Banff is Canadian do ya? Look up World Heritage site, UNESCO BIOSPHERE, and ask yourself what does the UN in UNESCO stand for? Naw, couldn’t be? Are you telling me that the UNITED NATIONS took over? Shit, how could that have happened? And I never heard a thing about it….. Yep U.N.E.S.C.O. BIOSPHERE !!!!! GET IT YET ……………
commented 2017-03-10 11:38:39 -0500
Ah s***t, I guess the film company forgot to make the usual “political” donation.
commented 2017-03-10 11:08:56 -0500
Funny how another arm of the Federal government, the CBC, doesn’t have ANY problem whatsoever, with those Mennonites being the nasty narco-gang leaders in “Pure”, based upon about two public cases in Canada. This is the problem with such pedantic puritanism. It tends to be too politically subjective and bureaucratically condescending.
commented 2017-03-10 09:53:11 -0500
Well denying access to shoot a movie in our parks is just dumb. It’s fiction, it’s a move for heavens sake. Take the money, Lord knows we need it. The filming would probably hire lots of Indigenous peoples, lots of money is being lost by denying this movie to be shot in the parks. This sounds an awful lot like NDP/Lib logic. God forbid we should actually MAKE money in this country.
commented 2017-03-10 06:11:22 -0500
pathetic. This country is so politically correct and left it is little wonder it is going down the toilet. In fact it is a wonder Canadians can even function they are so pathetically brainwashed via p.c. and liberalism. Both are completely responsible for the fall of the western world! Well documented fact!
commented 2017-03-09 23:07:42 -0500
Space Moose

Please provide some of your association with the indigenous people.
commented 2017-03-09 22:56:18 -0500
Oooooh, dear. thought a bit about what kind of response this stupidity deserves.I can’t. Stupidity has no limits, WTF OMG. I don’t now an aboriginal ( I work with a lot of these wonderful folks every day) that would have an issue with this story line. Oh wait, the ones that live in downtown Toronto.
Give me a break you white liberal idiots.
commented 2017-03-09 22:56:14 -0500
Jan, Tom Jackson, being aboriginal himself has no problem with it. Why do you? Is that slope you’re on getting slippery?
commented 2017-03-09 22:52:36 -0500
Just as soon not have that gun phobic Neeson Left winger in our country anyway.
I’m not crying my eyes out.
But I get the point. Leftist hypocrysy at it again.
commented 2017-03-09 22:52:29 -0500
Actually, this time I agree with Parks Canada. Perhaps it was not PC’s position to do this, but at least they are trying to prevent further damage to the image of Cdn aboriginals. Kids watch these movies and are impressed, or depressed.
commented 2017-03-09 22:12:20 -0500
If Tom Jackson, an aboriginal actor (who played an unforgettable character in the best Canadian series ever to hit TV called North of 60) wants to play a gang leader in Liam Neeson’s movie, why does Parks Canada have a problem with it? It’s very strange that every government branch is dictated to nowadays on how to respond to every little thing. No one I know would have the slightest problem with 99% of the issues that contradict some victim’s “values and priorities” every day. Tom Jackson obviously doesn’t have a problem with this particular issue. Therefore Parks Canada’s values and priorities should center on taking care of the Parks. End of story. And one more thing since we’re all too stupid to think for ourselves: in what universe are there no aboriginal gang leaders? Pretty sure we all know not every aboriginal is a gang leader … and pretty sure we know roughly how many are. We live here.
commented 2017-03-09 22:03:41 -0500
Maybe this movie will be like The Grey movie, it sucked and was a gross waste of my time and money when I went to see that dog. Cut the aboriginal content make the bad guy a Muslim. Oh Wait that would be too close to reality and this is a Muslim country. I know make the bad guy an Asian, Oh Wait that probably wouldn’t go over either being so close to Vancouver. Make the bad guy a Grizzly Bear, Oh Wait the animal rights groups will be up in arms. Really kind of narrows it down, so the bad guy is going to have to be some kind of repulsive space alien, problem solved. Or just make your movie in Montana or some other state with similar looks to Alberta. Screw Parks Canada, where you would be filming your movie, Parks Canada will probably be trying to put out some forest fire going on there in a couple of months anyway. You can go back afterwards and make some apocalyptic movie showing Aboriginals picking through burnt foliage rooting for food. At least they won’t be portrayed in a bad light. Political Correctness never goes away.
commented 2017-03-09 22:03:32 -0500
I hope some aboriginals protest this.
commented 2017-03-09 20:17:20 -0500
Parks Canada is over-reaching and following the political correctness ideology to the letter; how Trudeau of them!
commented 2017-03-09 19:41:29 -0500
Clearly the overpaid Parks Canada bureaucrats that made this decision are pure racists. The purpose of the park system is to protect and preserve the geology, flora and fauna of an ecosystem, with some historical overlap. Clearly, the bureaucrats are saying that aboriginals are just animals needing protection.

The Baby Doc government’s new slogan: Facist Racism in Action.
commented 2017-03-09 19:27:59 -0500
Another Tale of Cucknuckistan. All these government departments are politically correct swamps that must be drained when Prime Moron Trudeau is driven from power.
commented 2017-03-09 19:07:37 -0500
Welcome to Kanada.
commented 2017-03-09 18:50:15 -0500
commented 2017-03-09 18:48:01 -0500
Canadian government. So f’cked up on so many levels. Trudeau…you are an asshole!
commented 2017-03-09 18:40:07 -0500
I know someone who will not watch “the Grey” because it blasphemes the sacred scriptures of Farley Mowatt and his assertion that wolves are as harmless as dogs. (actually neither creature is harmless if it is hungry and thinks you are helpless)
commented 2017-03-09 18:27:15 -0500
Welcome to Milan Kundera’s The Joke.