Last Year The Feds Chopped Arts Spending, This Year They Are Spending $100 Million To Secure The Art Vote

REALIZING CHOPPING ARTS AND CULTURE FUNDING DURING THE LAST ELECTION WAS REALLY STUPID HARPER THROWS $100 MILLION IN THE DIRECTION OF ART

 The man who will never hold  a majority government(in this country anyways) is attempting to find ways to buy himself the position through the use of tax dollars.
 Last year during the 2008 surprise federal election Stephen Harper announced a massive cut to federal spending on the arts, saying things like Canadians don’t feel bad for those art types that hang out at rich galas begging public money.
 Now that Harper has tapped the electoral rolls he has come to the realization that in order for him to get back in he will need to cozy up to some of those artsy types which will force him to hang out at some of those rich galas that he so openly despises. But he will be welcome as he has $100 million to hand out while there. 
 I wonder how much money is wasted by cutting programs, then restarting programs only to re-cut them later?  Iwould imagine that a large portion of it is wasted.
 
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12 Comments

  1. penlan
    Posted April 7, 2009 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Is there a link to this?

  2. penlan
    Posted April 7, 2009 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Is there a link to this?

  3. penlan
    Posted April 7, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link, Jim.
    After reading the article it seems the money is to be used for attracting tourists, internationally to events – like jazz festivals, eg. During a recession, & a global one at that, less people travel & stay home. And to get funding the events have to prove they can attract a certain no. of people.

    To me this says the money will just stay in the coffers. Exactly what Harper wants – then it can be used to reduce the debt.

    Same old, same old.

  4. penlan
    Posted April 7, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link, Jim.
    After reading the article it seems the money is to be used for attracting tourists, internationally to events – like jazz festivals, eg. During a recession, & a global one at that, less people travel & stay home. And to get funding the events have to prove they can attract a certain no. of people.

    To me this says the money will just stay in the coffers. Exactly what Harper wants – then it can be used to reduce the debt.

    Same old, same old.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted April 7, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    “To me this says the money will just stay in the coffers. Exactly what Harper wants – then it can be used to reduce the debt.”

    Reduce the debt? Not quite. Harper doesn’t have 100 million. We are in a deficit situation. He will borrow this money in order to throw it at arts and tourism and we and our children will be paying interest on it for decades.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted April 7, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    “To me this says the money will just stay in the coffers. Exactly what Harper wants – then it can be used to reduce the debt.”

    Reduce the debt? Not quite. Harper doesn’t have 100 million. We are in a deficit situation. He will borrow this money in order to throw it at arts and tourism and we and our children will be paying interest on it for decades.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted April 7, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Exactly.Another smoke and mirrors thing.It all looks soothing to some demented being but really its the shit.

  8. Anonymous
    Posted April 7, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Exactly.Another smoke and mirrors thing.It all looks soothing to some demented being but really its the shit.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted April 8, 2009 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    We’re still carrying the burden of Trudeau and Mulroney “spending us out” of previous recessions. We’re paying between 25 and 30 cents of every federal tax dollar to service the debt they accumulated to “save us.” Same shit. Different PM.

  10. Anonymous
    Posted April 8, 2009 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    We’re still carrying the burden of Trudeau and Mulroney “spending us out” of previous recessions. We’re paying between 25 and 30 cents of every federal tax dollar to service the debt they accumulated to “save us.” Same shit. Different PM.


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