An arts agenda -

An arts agenda


Paul Dewar outlines his arts policy commitments.

1. Income tax averaging to mitigate the fluctuations in income for artists and cultural workers
2. Extending federal income support such as EI and CPP to self-employed, freelance, and part-time workers
3. Removing federal income tax on the first $15,000 of income earned from copyright and residual payments by professional artists

Dewar also reaffirmed New Democrats’ long-standing commitment to provide sustained and increased funding to the Canada Council, CBC, Radio-Canada, and the Canadian Media Fund, as well as creating a new international arts touring fund to replace Trade Routes and PromArt which were cancelled by the Harper government.


An arts agenda

  1. Frederic Bastiat ~ That Which Is Seen And That Which Is Not Seen:

    In the economic sphere an act, a habit, an institution, a law produces not only one effect, but a series of effects. Of these effects, the first alone is immediate; it appears simultaneously with its cause; it is seen. The other effects emerge only subsequently; they are not seen; we are fortunate if we foresee them …. 

    Should the state subsidize the arts?

    In favor of the system of subsidies, one can say that the arts broaden, elevate, and poetize the soul of a nation; that they draw it away from material preoccupations, giving it a feeling for the beautiful, and thus react favorably on its manners, its customs, its morals, and even on its industry …. 

    To these reasons and many others, whose power I do not contest, one can oppose many no less cogent. There is, first of all, one could say, a question of distributive justice. Do the rights of the legislator go so far as to allow him to dip into the wages of the artisan in order to supplement the profits of the artist?

    Far from entertaining the absurd thought of abolishing religion, education, property, labor, and the arts when we ask the state to protect the free development of all these types of human activity without keeping them on the payroll at one another’s expense, we believe, on the contrary, that all these vital forces of society should develop harmoniously under the influence of liberty and that none of them should become, as we see has happened today, a source of trouble, abuses, tyranny, and disorder.

    Our adversaries believe that an activity that is neither subsidized nor regulated is abolished. We believe the contrary. Their faith is in the legislator, not in mankind. Ours is in mankind, not in the legislator.