The 2019 Federal Election and the Arts

As Canadians, we are fortunate enough to be given the right to vote. On October 21st, our country will vote for the nation’s leaders. It is our responsibility to know what each candidate stands for to appropriately vote for the best and most competent leaders. As a Canadian theatre company focused on social change, we are most interested in what each party offers in regards to the arts.

Did you know that 95% of Canadians believe that arts and culture make a community a better place to live? As well that the arts are a valuable way to connect people of different cultures and languages. More than 87% of Canadians attended arts events in the past year alone! (Source)

Here is a simple breakdown of this year’s candidates and their promises relating to the Arts and other topics important to us at Sarasvàti Productions…


The Conservative Party –  Andrew SheerPhotos Andre Forget / OLO

  • Not yet released an arts platform

For more on the Conservative Party, click HERE


2015-Swearing-In-LargeThe Green Party –  Elizabeth May

  • Includes a section on arts, culture and media with some of the following commitments:
  • Increase funding to all of Canada’s arts and culture organizations
  • Increase funding to CBC and Radio Canada by $315 million per year
  • Review tax incentives for film production to ensure all parts of Canada are competitive
  • Fund health Canada’s mental health and LGBT+ services

For more on the Green Party, click HERE


The Liberal Party – Justin Trudeau8403298

  • Includes an arts and culture platform. They also have an official languages platform, which includes some cultural sector commitments. Highlights of the cultural sector announcement includes the following commitments:
  • Develop legislation that will take appropriate measures to ensure that all content providers offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues, contribute to the creation of Canadian content in both official languages, and promote this content and make it easily accessible on their platforms
  • Support Canadian film by increasing annual funding for Telefilm Canada by nearly 50 percent a year
  • Strengthen the regional mandate of CBC/Radio Canada
  • Provide a $200 credit to every Canadian child when they turn 12, to access local Canadian cultural content and activities

For more on the Liberal Party, click HERE


Jagmeet-SinghThe New Democratic Party (NDP) – Jagmeet Singh

  • Includes an arts and cultural industries platform. Their platform confirms some of their commitment to:
  • Ensure artists and cultural workers earn a living wage including through income tax averaging
  • Measures that require Netflix, Facebook, Google, and other digital media companies to pay taxes, support Canadian content in both official languages, and take responsibility for what appears on their platforms
  • Increase funding for CBC and Radio-Canada
  • Financial support for Indigenous theatre at the National Arts Centre (NAC).

For more on the NDP, click HERE


On October 21st, if you are 18 years or older, exercise your right to vote! Have your voice heard and help to make a change. If you’re still unsure about who to vote for you can find an informative and quick quiz to help you HERE. As well, find where to vote for your jurisdiction HERE.

For more arts-based insights on the election visit:

https://www.caea.com/Portals/0/Documents/News/2019/Recommendations-2019FederalElectionPlatform-2019-07-09.pdf

https://pact.ca/pacts-2019-federal-election-messaging/

http://www.manitobansforthearts.ca/en/


Arts have been proven to empower youth (especially those at risk). It has proven to help youth succeed in school, work, and in life. As 85% of Canadians believe that education in the arts helps with both the emotional and intellectual development of children (source), it is important to vote in support of the arts, for our children and their futures.

At Sarasvàti Productions, we greatly value the arts and the power the arts holds in the lives of youth. Especially when it comes to the topics of growth and healing. Coming up next week, we are hosting our “The Art of Reconciliation” fundraiser, in support of our transformative theatre work. Purchase a ticket for the fundraiser HERE. To read more on The Art of Reconciliation, click HERE to find blogs dedicated to the project.

We hope to see you on October 23rd to celebrate a successful election and the progress towards the arts, equality, and reconciliation.



 

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