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Policy Briefing: Arts & Culture

Feds roll out War of 1812 commemorations, critics says it’s too much

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Canada would not exist had the American invasion not been repelled during the War of 1812, and for that reason, the war is a defining chapter in our country’s history,’ says Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore.
More than just a reflection of our identity, arts and culture represent a crucial pillar of our society. Economically, they drive as much as 10 per cent of Canada’s GDP, stimulating sustained growth in several high-value sectors and accounting directly for more than a million jobs nationwide.
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Feds call Crown revival a celebration of Canadian history, but observers call it a ‘political exercise.’
The Prime Minister has stated he believes that ‘ordinary Canadians’ don’t care about cultural issues and his policies have followed this line of thinking.
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Federal funding for arts and culture has stabilized in recent years, but James Moore has warned that his department will face the deepest cuts in 2012.
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Heritage Minister James Moore says the federal government’s top priority is the economy, and creating jobs and growth. He says that includes arts and culture.
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Despite spectre of cuts to arts funding and unpopular copyright reforms, Canada’s artistic community gives James Moore positive reviews for commitment to $85-billion industry.

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