The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. There is a finite amount of financial support for the film and television industry taxpayers will bear, and governments and regulators can't be faulted if, to satisfy the sector's demande de jour, they occasionally rob from Peter to pay Paul. Producers and artists' unions recently lobbied for an increase in the foreign services tax credit, for example. The federal government granted their wish, but in turn made up for the increase in money financing the tax credit by cutting its contribution to the Canadian Television Fund (CTF). The production industry then complained that the government policy will result in an imbalance between support of indigenous and foreign production in Canada. So the producers have now embarked on a campaign to have the tax credit for Canadian productions increased to the level of the foreign tax credit. But in meeting their demands, the production industry should realize that the government may have to make concessions in other areas. A coalition of unions is also asking the government, through the regulator, to make it compulsory for broadcasters to air two hours a week of distinctly Canadian drama during prime time (see story in this issue). If such a recommendation is implemented, it may mean that another genre could slip. In Quebec, there has also been a refocusing of priorities that some are calling a shell game. Changes in Quebec's tax credit policies and film and TV production support measures will likely result in its TV industry suffering. The new tax credit structure takes away some credits currently enjoyed by TV producers and shifts them to feature films shot in French and to point-of-view documentaries and shorts (see story on page 3). But some in the Quebec industry also see the provincial government's refocusing of its policy as a means of boosting features and point-of-view documentaries at a time when federal institution Telefilm Canada is putting more of an emphasis on commercially viable TV shows and feature films. It's a good trade-off, they contend. Producers can't have it all, and taxpayers will cheer when the industry acknowledges the Newtonian fundamentals at work.