Coalition Welcomes News of Liberal Pledge and Encourages All Parties to Share Their Vision

    MONTREAL, Sept. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Arts Coalition welcomes
the news of the Liberal party's pledge to increase the Canada Council for the
Arts' annual operating budget to $360 million and to restore $45 million
dollars in recent program cuts at the Department of Canadian Heritage and the
Department of Foreign Affairs. The Liberal pledge came through a press release
issued on September 20, 2008 from Montreal and is part of their electoral
    The Coalition encourages all parties and candidates to put forward their
position on arts and culture. To date, we have seen the Green Party, the Bloc
Québécois, and the Liberals share their vision for arts and culture. We look
forward to hearing from the other parties as the campaign continues.
    Further, the Coalition encourages all Canadians to connect with the
candidates in their ridings, be it through public events, written letters, by
phone or in person, to let all candidates know how important arts and culture
is for voters everywhere.

    The Canadian Arts Coalition is Canada's largest ever group of artists,
business leaders and volunteers assembled from across the country. We are
united in the knowledge that greater public investment in the arts is
essential to Canada's future. We believe that the high quality of life, for
which Canada is known, depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts and
heritage community.
    To learn more about the Coalition's position and objectives with regards
to arts and culture in Canada, please visit our website: (less
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    Parties and candidates interested in submitting their views on arts and
culture may contact the Coalition by emailing

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For further information: Media contact: Helen Yung, (416) 602-3612,

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