Stephen Harper let his sneering philistine soul out from under the sweater-vest again the other day with a divisive attack on arts-funding:
“I think when ordinary working people come home, turn on the TV and see a gala of a bunch of people at, you know, a rich gala all subsidized by taxpayers claiming their subsidies aren’t high enough, when they know those subsidies have actually gone up – I’m not sure that’s something that resonates with ordinary people,”
What? I think the rich people you are referring to Mr. Harper are private donors. All of the artists I know live on pretty meager budgets. I’m not talking about buskers here either, Steve. I’m talking about dancers in top companies, producers with major label work, top session musicians, and even in those situations, artists are hardly “rich.” The only artists I know with much financial security are those that have a sideline as waiters, or teachers, or something else.
Harper, stop spewing this bullshit.