Canada Names Ex-Cop to Police Film and TV Sectors

Former undercover officer will monitor taxpayer dollars funding local productions.

TORONTO – The Canadian government has named Shelly Glover, a former undercover cop, to police taxpayer dollars going into the country’s film and TV sectors.

Glover, an MP for the Winnipeg riding of St. Boniface since 2008, becomes the new federal heritage minister, replacing James Moore, who was known as the iPod minister for frequent tweeting and iPad viewing.

Glover brings to her new role 19 years as a member of the Winnipeg Police Service, including stints in child-abuse, youth-crime and gang investigations.

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Most recently parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance, Glover in 2011 briefly became embroiled in an election spending run-in with Elections Canada before she agreed to have some campaign salary costs repaid.

Glover’s remit at Heritage Canada will include oversight of the Canadian broadcasting and film sectors, which depend heavily on taxpayer subsidies and other protectionist measures to fend off competition from Hollywood. She also will handle the copyright file, which has seen Ottawa in recent years adopt U.S.-style laws to satisfy the piracy concerns of major studios.