'Sons of Anarchy's' Kim Coates Rides Harley to Protest Canadian Tax Credit Cut

Sons of Anarchy Kim Coates - H 2012
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Sons of Anarchy Kim Coates - H 2012

The Hollywood star led a posse of 75 motorcyclists on Monday in Regina, Saskatchewan to rally against the province ending its refundable production subsidy.

TORONTO – Sons of Anarchy star Kim Coates on Monday hopped on a Harley Davidson hog and burned some pavement outside the Saskatchewan legislature to protest the province’s new film tax credit.

Coates, who was born in Saskatoon, led a posse of motorcycles into Regina, much like he does as the character Tig Trager on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.

But Monday he helped present a petition from Saskatchewan indie producers asking premier Brad Wall to reintroduce a refundable tax credit to support local film and TV production.

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“I’m from here. This is where I was born. This is where I learnt to be an actor,” Coates said of his ties to his native Saskatchewan, which now risks losing its film and TV industry as the provincial government propses to replace a 45 percent refundable tax credit with a 25 percent non-refundable subsidy less likely to support local production. 

The petition follows local film and TV producers last week calling on Wall to fire his culture minister, Bill Hutchinson, for proposing an unworkable film tax credit.

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Wall shot back that he was keeping Hutchinson in his job, as the province considers the current 45 percent refundable tax credit a hand-out to local producers.

Before heading back to the Los Angeles set of Sons of Anarchy for a Tuesday shoot, Coates said he's hopeful a resolution to the current stand-off between local producers and the Saskatchewan premier will soon be found.

"I'm still staying positive. That's why I'm here. I believe he's (Wall) a smart guy. He's just been given some bad advice," he insisted.