Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Cultural storms

This post by Patricia Storms has links to articles by Margaret Atwood and John Doyle in response to Stephen Harper's arts cuts, as well as a nice bit of verse satire by John Allemang. Actually Allemang's point -- that the artists play into Harper's gambit by their whining about the cuts -- has been belied by recent polls. Paradoxically, Harper's oafish remarks have succeeded in making the rationale behind cultural funding a flash point in this campaign. Artists have been dignified and eloquent their in defense of the investment in our national image and economy this so-called funding represents, and public opposition, particularly here in Quebec, could be a factor behind his not getting his coveted majority come Monday.


Pris said...

Hi Brian
I've been so embroiled in our upcoming campaign, the falling stock market and financial disasters here that I didn't know about these cuts. It seems that Arts and Education are always the first to go.

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