Where are these wealthy artists?

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.


4 responses to “Where are these wealthy artists?

  1. With that one comment, Harper has insulted:

    – the many Canadians who work in the arts and culture sector (including a multi-million dollar film and television industry whose employees include technicians, painters, electricians, carpenters, etc);

    – the many ordinary Canadians who are very likely to attend a folk festival or live theatre performance in cities and towns across Canada; and

    – many people in Quebec who not only value generous public support for arts and culture but who don’t like being condescended to by Ottawa (and assuming that they would be too stupid or ignorant of the English language to miss this gaffe is idiotic).

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  3. From Peacekeepers to Ass-Kissers, thanks Stephen Harper

    Stephen Harper on a united Canada:
    “Whether Canada ends up as one national government or two national governments or several national governments, or some other kind of arrangement is, quite frankly, secondary in my opinion…” Speech to the Colin Brown Memorial Dinner, National Citizens Coalition, 1994 Harper on Canada

    Stephen Harper has his head so far up George Bush’s back passage that George could get a gig as the two-headed freak at a traveling sideshow.



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