The heritage minister gives $40 million to Montreal’s (extraordinarily ambitious) Quartier des Spectacles arts-and-festivals project, one of the largest urban overhauls anywhere in Canada in recent years. That’s more than twice the Quebec dollar share of the arts touring cuts that caused so much unpleasantness last autumn. And it gets about one-hundredth the coverage.
Meanwhile Michael Ignatieff appears on Tout le monde en parle, gets one pop-culture quiz question (now dubbed “la Question James Moore,” because the minister missed three of the six questions he had to answer). Iggy nails his question: “Who founded the Cirque du Soleil?”