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WAM July 2-3 George Murray

It seems everybody wants to squabble with artists about funding.

Federal Conservative Government finance Minister Jim Flaherty took a swipe at arts groups this week when he commented that they should not “assume in their budgeting that every year the government of Canada is going to give them grants.”

I wonder if he said the same thing to GM, or Exxon.

But the bite has been felt already. Summer Works, a well-respected theatre company in Toronto, said this week they have lost their federal funding. And it came as a surprize to them.

George Murray is the executive director of the Association of Cultural Industries for Newfoundland and Labrador. George also is a director of the board of the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the CCA.

I asked him what he thinks this announcement means for arts groups in Canada.

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