December 06, 2012Support for Culture
September 23, 2011The Pacific Gateway: Realizing Canada's Asia Pacific Opportunity
February 17, 2011Art and culture in the digital age: Being confident in a world of choice
November 12, 2010The Announcement of Vancouver as a Cultural Capital of Canada 2011
October 15, 2010Vancouver International Film Festival
October 03, 2010Funding Announcement for the Port Moody Heritage Society
September 25, 2010Funding Announcement for the Fraser River Discovery Centre
July 01, 2010Canada Day Celebrations on Parliament Hill
February 11, 2010Opening of La Place de la Francophonie
November 20, 2009Occasion of the conference on The Economic Crisis and the Cultural Sector organized by Culture Montréal
November 13, 2009Occasion of a keynote luncheon speech at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce
September 09, 2009Celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Official Languages Act and an announcement regarding the Language Rights Support Program
July 31, 2009Canada Music Fund
June 04, 2009Announcement of Funding for the Dominion Institute's Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War
April 06, 2009On the Signing of the Canada-British Columbia Agreement on Official Languages 2009-2010 - 2010-2011
April 03, 2009Jules-Verne High School
March 09, 2009Canada Media Fund
March 08, 200920th Festival du Bois
February 07, 2009Launch of Spirit of BC Week
February 17, 2009On the occasion of the Creation of the Canada Periodical Fund
January 13, 2009The launch of the 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge
January 12, 2009Sir John A. Macdonald Day Celebrations
December 06, 2012
Support for Culture
By the Honourable James Moore
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
A recent Vancouver SUN column by Barbara Yaffe criticizes our Government's record on support for culture. Unfortunately the piece failed to include the full scope of our Government's record on supporting culture.
We have created two new national museums (both outside the national capital region) and are about to create another, the Canadian Museum of History. Funding for arts organizations, festivals, and youth programs are all at record high levels. So, too, is funding for the Canada Council for the Arts, the largest supporter of individual artists in Canada. In fact, recently our Government permanently increased funding for the Canada Council for the Arts by 20% - the largest funding increase for the Canada Council in decades. We have also created the Canada Media Fund, a $100 million per year investment into Canada's film and television production industries, as well as increased funding for local cultural events like children's festivals and the performing arts.
Ms. Yaffe is correct when she suggests that we have reduced funding for the CBC, cut bureaucracy in Ottawa, and invested $28 million in the War of 1812. Indeed, we think Canadians should know more about the War of 1812 and the fact that it was a defining chapter in our history. By and large, it seems Canadians agree: we have received strong support for our War of 1812 commemoration fund from across Canada, including from the opposition NDP, whose members continue to write me in support of projects in their communities.
In 2017, we will mark Canada's 150th birthday. Between now and then, we're going to take every opportunity to highlight milestones that have contributed to Canada being the united, strong, and free country it is today. And I look forward to hearing from Canadians on this in the months ahead.