In a rebuke to the White House, California Gov. Pete Wilson says the worldwide trade accord signed by President Clinton should not have left Hollywood standing at the altar. Ironically, Wilson also supports the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
Wilson makes his remarks in a report that will be sent to the White House today. The report comes from the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee, a group that advises the White House on trade negotiations.
“The failure to achieve inclusion of America’s entertainment industry is both a major economic disappointment as well as a stunning surprise,” states Wilson. “Continued exclusion of the entertainment industry from the GATT causes substantial harm to the U.S. and especially to California.”
Wilson claims that European Community broadcast quotas and film levies “violate the basic precepts of an open international trading system … and are antithetical to notions of democracy and free speech that are fundamental to a free society. Nevertheless, the GATT agreement that the president has brought us is silent on the matter.”
Though Wilson called the accord “severely deficient,” he said he will support it because “on the whole, (it) does provide expanded marketing opportunities for a number of U.S. industries.”