First, the Conservative rhetoric:
In an apparent attempt to win back vital ground in Quebec, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper announced Monday he would provide a $150-million tax credit to help get kids interested in the arts.
Speaking in Ottawa, Harper said the credit would be designed to help defray the costs for parents who want to enroll their kids in arts programs that could inspire them to pursue a career in the field.
Sounds nice. But then there’s the Conservative reality. Last week, organizers of the acclaimed Vancouver International Children’s Festival told supporters they had lost all their federal funding because of the Conservative cuts to cultural programs:
In an “Important Message” sent to supporters this week, the festival addresses Harper’s assertion that the arts are “not something that ordinary Canadians can relate to” and warns that the Conservative cuts could impact prices and programming.
Try as they might, the Conservatives can’t run from their record. What should we believe, their promises (which they have a history of breaking) or their actions? Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers