The first being the PromArt run by Foreign Affairs
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) was cutting all ties to culture by axing its PromArt program, a $4.7-million annual fund that sent artists into the world to speak for Canada.And then later they announced the end of the Trade Routes program run by Heritage Canada
Administered by the Department of Heritage, Trade Routes, valued at about $9-million annually, helps cultural groups such as Hot Docs and CIRPA, the Canadian Independent Record Production Association export and sell products abroad.Their official reason
Although Kory Teneycke, the Prime Minister's press secretary, declined yesterday to address the decision to close Trade Routes.
In the case of PromArt, we think the [funding] choices made were inappropriate ... inappropriate because they were ideological in some cases, with highly ideological individuals exposing their agendas or [money going to] wealthy celebrities or fringe arts groups that in many cases would be at best, unrepresentative, and at worst, offensive.Neglecting of course the 297 other grants, some as small as $500 that assisted artists, writers and cultural groups from all provinces travel to foreign countries and help improve awareness of Canada and our Canadian culture.
Meanwhile with much less rhetoric, information and apparently media attention, the Defense Department announced that the national capital region as the home for a new high-tech command centre.
No construction date has yet been set, but Defence officials say the project is scheduled to be completed by 2014. The department also is developing a new $64-million information system to allow data from around the world to be piped into the centre.
It's still unclear what will be the cost of the new facility, but insiders estimate the price tag could run anywhere from $60 million to $80 million.I apologize to the Gazette for total plagiarism here, but there is only two paragraphs on the $60 to $80 million expenditure.
Welcome to the new neocon Canada.
The hell with the arts, Canada needs defending.
References Globe on the arts here, and Dept. of Defense here.