Where do the Federal Parties Stand on Arts & Culture?Thursday, October 8th, 2015
FYI Music News has compiled this excellent summary of the Canadian federal political parties’ platforms with regards to supporting arts and culture.
The Liberal Party has released its cultural platform that is ambitious to say the least.
Investments include doubling the budget for the Canada Council for the Arts to $360 million each year; restoring the PromArt and Trade Routes cultural export trade programs (cut by the Conservatives) to the tune of $25 million a year; stabilizing the CBC/Radio Canada with $525 million investment over four years; bolstering cultural infrastructure to the tune of $6 billion over 4 years, and almost $20 billion over 10 years. It is also the only party to have completed a questionnaire put to the parties by the Canadian Coalition for the Arts, and promising to review both the Broadcasting Act as well as completing the mandated review of the 2012 Copyright Act in the short-term.
One can read further by linking here to Investing In Canadian Culture and Middle Class Jobs.
The Conservative Party has promised not to apply a tax to Netflix subscriptions and has promised to beef upfunding to support local museums. It has, however, committed $470 million in economic spending related to Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. You can view a cultural analysis of the 2015 federal budget here and read their policy declaration here.
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