Edmonton Candidates’ Positions on Arts & Culture

We asked Edmonton’s candidates to publicly state their position on Arts and Culture. Here are their responses:

Edmonton Strathcona:

Linda Duncan – NDP

Andrew Schurman – Independent

Donovan Eckstrom – Rhino Party

Ryan Bromsgrove – Pirate Party

Edmonton Centre:

Gil McGowan – NDP

Edmonton Griesbach:

Janis Irwin – NDP

Brian Gold – Liberal

Edmonton Mill Woods:

Allen Paley – Libertarian

 Federal Parties’ Positions on Arts and Culture

PACE’s national counterpart The Canadian Arts Coalition contacted all the major parties running in the 2015 Federal Election with five important questions about the future of the arts in Canada. Click here to see the questions. The parties’ responses are below.

Conservative Party of Canada

CPC_enThe Conservative Party has not yet provided answers to the Coalition’s questions. If you talk to your Conservative candidate, consider asking him/her about the Coalition’s questions.

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 Green Party of Canada

GPC_enThe Green Party‘s Strong Communities platform was released on September 9. Its main commitment is to reverse the $117-million cut to CBC/Radio-Canada, and to invest an additional $168-million and $315 million every year thereafter to rebuild the CBC and Radio-Canada’s local coverage and capacity. Other elements of the platform are more detailed the Green Party’s answers to the Coalition’s questionnaire.

In its answers to the Coalition, the Green Party supports all recommendations from the Coalition’s last pre-budget brief, including a gradual increase of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Parliamentary appropriation. The Green Party commits to increase the CBC budget and guarantees funding for the National Film Board and Telefilm Canada. The Green Party also proposes to explore tax measures for professional artists and to guard our cultural sovereignty in trade negotiations.

In addition to answering the Coalition’s questionnaire, the Green Party also provided a short video from their spokesperson on Arts, Culture, and Heritage, Jo-Ann Roberts.


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 Liberal Party of Canada


The Liberal Party promised $380 million in its cultural platform, released, on September 22. The Liberal Party proposes to double investment to the Canada Council for the Arts to $360 million per year from $180 million, to invest $150 million in new annual funding for CBC/Radio-Canada, to restore international cultural promotion programs, and to increase funding for Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board by $25 million per year.

In its answers to the Coalition’s questionnaire, the Liberal Party proposes to exercise leadership in market development, in partnership with Canada Council for the Arts and targeted departmental programs. It proposes to undertake a review of the Broadcasting Act and the Copyright Act. The Liberal Party also has detailed plans for the CBC, including the reversal of the $115-million cuts. Other areas of interest for the Liberal Party include cultural infrastructures, fiscal measures for artists, the Copyright Board, the audiovisual sector, Library and Archives, museums, as well as a commitment to re-establish the long-form census.


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 New Democratic Party

NDP_enIn its answers to the Coalition’s questions, the NDP says it is aware of the need to invest in the Canada Council and in market access, and intends to clarify its positions in its full platform. The NDP’s answer on the CBC is quite elaborate: it includes a commitment to cancel the $115 million cuts and iterates the party’s track record with regards to support to the CBC.

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