BC Arts Budget Cut by 40%: Culture Minister Says Public is 'Unconcerned'
Tuesday July 14th, 2009
“The impact to the province will be devastating,” said Amir Ali Alibhai, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Arts & Culture. “The BC Arts Council supports a sector that employs 80,000 people and generates $5.2-billion annually. It is bigger than the forestry and fishing industries combined. At a time when the government is doing everything they can to create and retain jobs, why are they implementing measures that will trigger layoffs and cause organizations to reduce programming?
More amazing is new Culture and Tourism Minister, Kevin Krueger‘s thoughts on the matter, “I am not hearing complaints at all from the arts and cultural community,” he said. “I think people are pretty happy with what we’ve done.”
Please send a message to Mr Krueger and let your voice be heard.