Good news for the Arts and the National Ballet of Canada. It appears the Conservative Party
will honour the Liberals promise of $306 million.
“We will respect the promise of $306 million for the Canada Council, which will double the budget of the organization, because we believe in the importance of the council for the Canadian arts community,” Bev Oda said on Info-Culture.
The 2nd statement (see below) is a little less optimistic. It should be noted this is an election year and politicians have made promises in the past to be elected, and then not honoured their words when it came time to pony up the bucks! It appears the Conservatives are on their way to a majority government meaning they will have the final say on all proposals in Parliament. Hence, I think it prudent for Karen Kain to perhaps send Heather Ogden
and Tanya Howard
for a pas de quatre photo op with Stephen Harper!
“We’ll honour it once we see the plan,” she explains. “We have to see how much money is needed and how it will be spent. And we have no indication where the Liberals intended to get that money, because it was not in their economic update (mini-budget), and there is no trace of it in any Liberal fiscal plan we have seen so far.”
For those not in the know, the
themselves have tipped the political scales in favour of the Conservatives by portraying the Conservative leader as the Anti-Christ
in their advertising. So much so, it is becoming quite comical. The ads have turned
into a celebrity. Hence, he will no doubt win just so Canadians can satisfy their curiosity as to what they will get. I was hoping for a minority to keep everybody in check. Whatever the outcome, I do hope the promise will be fulfilled. I gather the reason tickets cost so much for San Francisco Ballet is simply because of a total lack of government funding.
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