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A letter from Simon Brault following Budget 2016
posted on 9:59 AM, March 28, 2016
Like millions of people

For 35 years, I have argued non-stop to have the social benefits of the arts and culture fully recognized. I’m passionate about this cause – like the arts themselves, it inspires me and has helped me to grow in many ways. I’ve met amazing artists, seen works and projects that redefine our relationship with the world, debated (both frankly and hesitantly) with corporate and political decision-makers, witnessed the impact of arts organizations within our communities, felt the effects of cultural diplomacy in the world, and joined audiences everywhere in applauding unforgettable and transformative performances. That’s why I was so moved today to read the first budget of the Trudeau government today. It led me to ponder my own responsibilities and those of my colleagues.

Today, I know that we can begin writing a new chapter on the artistic and cultural history of this country – our history. 

Click here to read our CEO Simon Brault’s full letter following today’s Federal Budget announcement.
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