The Harper government is coming under intense pressure from arts groups following his slashing of Canadian arts programs. Critics are concerned that Harper is trying to stifle voices opposing Conservative values in Canada.
Supporters of arts and culture rallied last night in a sweltering downtown Toronto theatre to denounce more than $40 million in recent cuts to programs by the Harper government and to strategize on ways to defeat Conservative members of Parliament in the impending election.
Hundreds of artists and supporters crowded into The Theatre Centre at Queen St. W. and Dovercourt Rd. to hear speakers, including author/activist Naomi Klein, decry cuts to programs such as Trade Routes, that promote Canadian film and culture abroad, as well as reductions in programs such as the Canada New Media Fund.