Who should you believe: actor R.H. Thomson...
In the cultural sector and the arts we have asked all five parties to come up with what they are going to do about certain broadcasting initiatives such as CRTC and Canada Council funding. Four parties have responded with clear answers and one party has not responded and that is the Conservative Party....or the largest consortium of artists and arts organizations ever assembled in Canada?:
The Canadian Arts Coalition commends the Bloc Québecois, the Conservative Party of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party on their commitments to increase funding to the arts through the Canada Council for the Arts.
The Coalition... is united for one purpose: to increase, by $5 dollars per Canadian, funding to the arts delivered through the Canada Council.
In November, the federal government recognized the importance of the arts in the lives of Canadians by announcing that it would invest $306 million in the Canada Council for the Arts – bringing its annual allocation to more than $300 million.
As of January 13, all four major political parties committed to bringing about this increase in funding if elected to government.