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Policy Briefing: Arts & Culture

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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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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