September 23, 2008 – Without losing too much sleep, I am trying to stay on top of this upcoming election. I have a list of issues that mean most to me; I listen and read to find out who will represent my needs and wants on topics such as healthcare, childcare, education, environment, arts. It really can be a mess to sort through the “I promise to..” and the “This government is about…” to really understanding past trends and future promises.
With regards to arts funding, there was an article in the G&M this Saturday, “Study reveals erosion in arts funding” by James Bradshaw which was revealing as it examined how the conservative increase for the arts is not all that is it appears to be… http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080919.wbudget20/BNStory/Entertainment/.
I also like the analysis of the Canadian Conference for the Arts: http://www.ccarts.ca/en/election2008/election2008.htm