Arts 308 – Talk to Your MP

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Calling all arts advocates! In preparation for the next federal budget, we want to talk to Members of Parliament in all 308 ridings and we need your help.

You can get involved in several ways:

  • – Meet with your MP
  • – Send your MP a message using social media

And we have all the tools you need right here!

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Because of the prorogation of Parliament, Arts 308 is replacing our regular Arts Day on the Hill. Arts advocates are encouraged to set up meetings between now and the Christmas holidays because this is when most decisions about the budget are made. If that’s too tight a timeline, any time before the budget is released in March is also helpful.

Recommendations of the Canadian Arts Coalition

Arts 308 is advocating the three recommendations made by the Canadian Arts Coalition in our pre-budget submission:

Recommendation One: Stimulate job creation and local economic development by increasing the annual Parliamentary allocation to the Canada Council for the Arts by a minimum of 10% in 2014-15.

Recommendation Two: We recommend that the government renew investments in the Canada Funds first announced in 2009, including the Arts Training Fund, the Arts Presentation Fund, the Cultural Spaces Fund and the Cultural Investment Fund. We further recommend that the impact of these programs be sustained by indexing the investment to the annual cost of living.

Recommendation Three: Align Canada’s cultural diplomacy strategy with Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy, and capitalize on opportunities to promote Canadian values as well as business and cultural interests in key markets by investing $5 million per year over 5 years in support of artistic and cultural market development initiatives in Canada and abroad.

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4 Responses to Arts 308 – Talk to Your MP

  1. ann summers dossena October 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    I am willing to organize a group of organizations in the Toronto Centre area to go in a group to meet the MP who will be elected on November 25. Is there a list of them between Yonge Street and a part of Queens Park on the West, Don river on the East, Lakeshore on the south, and Moore Avenue on the north end?

    Would we be able to include arts organizations not quite in this area?.

    If anyone else is already doing this, please let me know so I can help.

    Thanks, Ann Summers Dossena,
    International Resource Centre for Performing Artists.

  2. mgruber October 29, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Hello Ann,

    We don’t have anyone signed up for Toronto Centre just yet but if you register, we can let you know if anyone does:

    Feel free to approach arts groups you know of in the area – we don’t have a list but I can ask our steering committee members from Toronto to see if they know of anyone you could get in touch with.

    -Melissa Gruber
    Canadian Arts Coalition Steering Committee Member


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