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A NAFTA without the cultural exemption is not worth signing

By Sheila Copps       

Some think that the cultural exemption is only there to support the few. Nothing could be further from the truth. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to stand firm on this.

A film version of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid's Tale resonates in the global market. But her strength as a writer and creator was nurtured through multiple Canadian policies that should not be compromised, writes Sheila Copps. Image courtesy of Wikipedia
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OTTAWA—Culture is a hill that the North American Free Trade Agreement should die on. And those naysayers who have piled on to criticize the prime minister’s decision to hold firm on culture simply don’t know what they are talking about. The growth in cultural jobs doubled that of the overall economy, accounting for more than 650,000 jobs. Our intricate system of cultural supports, subsidies, and licence requirements is an economic driver for the country. According to Statistics Canada,

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