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Secession, Nationalism, and Government Funding for the Arts

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Published on Oct 11, 2008

In Canada, the Harper government shifted $45M of a $3B arts and culture budget: from some arts and culture projects to others.

In Quebec, artists were organized to take to the street and hype up the shift as "cuts" to the arts. The entire event was staged to whip-up fears that English Canada was trying to squash French culture, and thereby to regain political support for the French Nationalist secessionist Bloc Quebecois party during the federal election leading up to the October 14th, 2008 vote.

On October 9th, 2008, Freedom Party leader Paul McKeever was a panelist on the Crossroads Television (CTS) program "On the Line" with host Christine Williams. The panel discussed the issue described above.

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