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Senate Report Puts Cultural Diplomacy at the Front Stage

The Canadian Arts Coalition welcomes the conclusion of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade that “cultural diplomacy should be a pillar of Canada’s foreign policy”. The Coalition has long argued that arts and culture are foreign policy assets and has encouraged successive governments to develop and fund a comprehensive strategy to […]

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Standing Up for Culture in Trade Negotiations

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a strong stance in support of culture in the context of NAFTA negotiations while at a press conference in Surrey, B.C., stating Canada would not sign a renegotiated agreement that doesn’t protect Canada’s cultural industries or includes a dispute resolution mechanism.  “It would be a giving up of our sovereignty and our identity, and that […]

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The Coalition Wraps Up Participation in Several Studies on Parliament Hill

Since the beginning of the year, the Canadian Arts Coalition was offered several opportunities to participate in parliamentary studies related to or impacting the arts. Here’s a status update as these various studies are wrapping up. Cultural Hubs and Cultural Districts Study The Coalition Co-Chairs appeared before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on March […]

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From Cultural Diplomacy, to Trade, and Back: A Look at Reciprocity and Legislative Frameworks

Trade and cultural diplomacy have been recurrent issues for the government lately. As the Coalition highlighted last month, there have been a suite of good news on both fronts with the conclusion of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the inauguration of the Canada-China Joint Committee on Culture. The latest initiative […]

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