Should Canada Have a National Portrait Gallery?

Last Friday, the Canadian government announced that it had scrapped plans for a National
Portrait Gallery. There were more than 20-thousand paintings earmarked for the gallery - and millions of photographs too. The gallery has been in the works for 7 years. Now they've called the whole thing off.

Last Friday, the Canadian government announced that it had scrapped plans for a National
Portrait Gallery. There were more than 20-thousand paintings earmarked for the gallery - and millions of photographs too. The gallery has been in the works for 7 years. A downtown Ottawa site - the old U.S. Embassy building - had already been chosen. But when the Conservatives took power, the Portrait Gallery's fate went up into the air. Now they've called the whole thing off with new culture minister, James Moore citing "global economic instabilty".

Should Canada have a National Portrait Gallery? Do we need a place that teaches us about our history, our people, ourselves? Is this post-election payback for the election noise raised by artists, or are there more important things to be spending our money on?

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