Budget 2011 a Missed Opportunity for Arts and Culture

Ottawa, Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Representatives of the Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC), a united national movement of artists, cultural workers, business leaders and volunteers, expressed disappointment with the content of yesterday’s federal budget.

“Budget 2011 was clearly focused on strengthening the economy and re-building Canada’s international presence,” noted CAC spokesperson Shannon Litzenberger.  “Given these priorities, we believe that the Government of Canada missed the opportunity to build on the strengths of the arts sector to boost job creation, the vitality of communities across the country, and Canada’s international reputation through strategic arts investment.”

“We agree that the economy and Canada’s international standing are important, and that is why the Coalition has been advocating for increased investment in the arts through the Canada Council for the Arts and a renewed commitment to international market access and market development for Canada’s outstanding artists and arts organizations,” said CAC co-chair, Éric Dubeau.  “We recognize that the Government has made certain commitments to arts and culture through such initiatives as the Children’s Arts Tax Credit and re-investments in the Canada Periodical Fund, the Canada Media Fund and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  However, we do not believe that Budget 2011 truly capitalizes on the domestic and international contributions that Canada’s arts and culture sector is so well positioned to deliver.”

“In summary,” concluded Litzenberger, “we are disappointed at this missed opportunity.”

The Canadian Arts Coalition is Canada’s largest ever group of artists, business leaders and volunteers assembled from across the country. We are united in the knowledge that greater public investment in the arts is essential to Canada’s future, and we believe that the high quality of life, for which Canada is known, depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts and heritage community.

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For more information contact:
Shannon Litzenberger
Metcalf Policy Fellow
shannonlitz@me.com
Cell Phone: 647-271-6354

Simone Saint-Pierre
Communications Director
Fédération culturelle canadienne-française
ssaintpierre@fccf.ca
613-241-8770, ex. 22

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