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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tiny steps in a not-forward direction.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canadavotes/story/2008/09/29/harper-families.html

Okay.

So, if all Artists are 'Elitist' snobs and 'Ordinary Canadians' don't care about the Arts, then why is Harper suddenly so willing to give Canadian families a $500 a year tax credit "for children under 16 who participate in eligible arts activities"?

Suddenly NOW he cares about making sure your kids are all into the Arts and starting a life-long love affair, etc.

But I don't get it. Is he trying to breed more snobs?

Or does he know that by offering this tax credit to lower income families - who have to pay for the courses, etc. first and then claim it on their taxes - he gets to look good while having only a very few who will be able to afford taking him up on it?

With this paltry offering he gets to stand there and say 'Look! I love the Arts AND I love children! See!' as if that negates all the other damage he's done and will continue to do.

Smokescreens are fun!

Luckily no one's going to buy into this, right?

Cheers,
Brandon

EDIT:

Interesting fact:

"Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts?"

That quote is from Gabrielle Roy (1909-1983)

It's also on the back of our $20 bill.

Just thought I'd mention that.

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