The slash and burn approach to arts and culture this week has left me gutted. Steve Harper wants to be a player on the world stage. Well Steve, the other players that count, beside that dry drunk jackass you defer to in the oval orifice, actually understand that art and culture are what binds a nation. We are more than a corporation, we are not defined by a bottom line and our story is not told on a spreadsheet. Josée Verner is a traitor. The Heritage Ministry is not some Orwellian organization, it is the governmental conservator and facilitator of the living culture. Until now.
Canadian Heritage Minister Josée Verner defended the cuts saying the government only wanted to help arts and culture organizations in a more efficient manner and those being axed failed to demonstrate that they were providing sufficient returns for the dollars invested.
Well what could be more efficient than starvation, eradication and oblivion? Besides, this whole scorched Earth approach to the arts sector will leave that much more money for pissants like Weepy Pete MacKay to try and buy more votes. Sufficient return on dollars invested. Fuck you. Where is the return from a government that was elected on a platform of accountability, transparency and responsibility? What have we to show for our investment? A fucking deficit. The sideshow antics in the ethics committee show just how much of each of those famous campaign slogans actually mean. This government will play every angle and sneak every nickel into an endless campaign, game the system at every turn and react like spoiled eight year olds when caught.
Well I think it is high time we gave the Harper government just the kind of help that Josée Verner is giving the arts and culture sector, cut off at the fucking knees. At this point I'd grit my teeth and vote for Dion's Liberals. I think we've seen enough of the Harper gang's balkanization of this nation. It is time we stuffed a few reams of ten per centers back up their smug, obstructionist arses and showed them the door.