Heritage Committee Issues Report on Culture Cuts

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage has issued its report on last year's controversial culture cuts.  The Committee is unsurprisingly criticial of the cuts, arguing that they had "major negative impacts on Canadian arts organizations."  The Committee therefore:

fully rejects the Minister's decision and calls on the government to reinstate the programs, directly or through the Canada Council for the Arts, or establish new programs with similar objectives.

The report also includes a dissenting opinion from the Conservative members of the committee.  They state that the:

report, including the conclusions and recommendations contained within, are not a true reflection of the testimony given, and do not truly reflect the facts presented during the study.  Only a fraction of the story was heard during this study, the premise is not a true reflection of the facts surrounding the re-allocations and decisions made by the government, the assumptions are misleading and the recommendations are far reaching above what was primarily discussed during the study. 


  1. Dwight Williams says:

    Why does this “dissent” not surprise me?
    Trying to figure out how to make my reaction clear yet civil…

  2. Going by reader responses…
    …in the newspapers and online over the years, people want this to be a “work, eat, sleep” country with zero room (or tolerance) of the arts.

    Totally reinforcing the common saying, “Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.”