Yesterday, Jim Flaherty let arts organizations know that they should be counting on any federal support.
“One thing I’d say, and maybe it’s different than it used to be, is we actually don’t believe in festivals and cultural institutions assuming that year after year after year they’ll receive government funding,” Flaherty said.
That’s right – according to the Conservatives, arts (and I’d like to also add women’s) organizations don’t deserve sustainable funding to keep them afloat and operating on a long term basis. Instead, short term, non-guaranteed grants that require the work of the lengthy application process and need to be requested again and again are a good use of these organizations efforts. Flaherty’s comment might as well have stopped at: “One thing I’d say, and maybe it’s different than it used to be, is we actually don’t believe in festivals and cultural institutions.”
Corporations on the other hand should continue to expect tax cuts and legislation in their favour (for example, the back-to-work legislation directed at Canada Post workers that included set pay increases, among other things, that are less than inflation; in other words, legislated pay cuts).