The Professional Association of Canadian Theaters is circulating a petition “Canada supports the arts” to protest the ideologically-driven slashing of arts funding by the Stephen Harper Conservative government.
It's worth noting that, according to Statistics Canada, for every $1.00 that the government invests in arts and cultural activities and programs, another $5.00 is created in both spinoffs and matching corporate investments. That makes the $48 million cut by the Conservatives more like removing $240,000,000 of economic activity from the Canadian economy
The goal is 10,000 signatures, they're at just over 3700 today. Here's the petition letter, and you can sign here:
Canadians depend on our artists and their work to tell Canadian stories. Government investment is a crucial element of cultural diplomacy in every developed nation including Canada. The arts contribute to GDP, enhance Canada's international reputation, and make Canada a more innovate and creative country.Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers
The loss of $48.8 million in arts and culture funding is a loss to all Canadians.
We call on the Government of Canada to partner with the arts and culture sector to create new innovative policies and programs, to refine and enhance existing policies and programs and as a minimum commitment to make significant ongoing investments in arts and culture at 2008.2009 levels, through the Canada Council for the Arts, the departments of Canadian Heritage, Finance and Foreign Affairs and International Trade, for the benefit of Canada and Canadians.