Statement made on 02 November 2010 by Senator Lucie Pépin (retired)
Hon. Lucie Pépin:
Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
The support programs that allowed our artists to work abroad, PromArt and Trade Routes, were abolished in 2008. This government considered them ineffective. Because this federal funding was withdrawn, 170 tours and over 1,600 performances were cancelled. This translates into a shortfall of over $15 million for our artistic companies. The Leader of the Government in the Senate must have read about the results of the study released yesterday by CINARS, the International Exchange for the Performing Arts.
Does the government plan to take action to lessen the impact its decision has had on Canadian artists' ability to take part in international tours?
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