October 31, 2008 – The Canadian Arts Coalition congratulates Mr. James Moore, the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages on his appointment to Cabinet.
“We are eager to begin working with the new Minister to fulfill the Conservative Party’s assurance that ‘the arts are essential to our country and our communities,'” says Anne-Marie Jean, co-chair of the Coalition’s Steering Committee.
During the election campaign, all parties affirmed the value they place in continuing to provide a high quality of life for Canadians, and recognized the importance of arts and culture for Canada. “We believe that outstanding, accessible arts and culture experiences are an essential component of that high quality of life for which Canada is known,” reinforced Jean. “We look forward to working with the government to strengthen arts and culture programs, policies, and investments to support the Canadian arts and culture sector, one that contributes $46 billion to our GDP.”
The Canadian Arts Coalition is Canada’s largest consortium of arts, culture and heritage supporters advocating for increased federal investment in arts and culture. We believe that a thriving arts and culture sector, supported by adequate investment by the federal government, will place Canada at the forefront of a global society that values innovation, excellence, social cohesion and economic prosperity.