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For artists the issue is funding

MONTREAL - Last time, the artists got mad. Now they want to get even.Trouble is, they’re being so quiet about it, few people are listening.

Blindsided by $45 million in budget cuts before the fall 2008 federal election, the artistic community across the country and especially in Quebec vowed to drive Stephen Harper’s Conservatives from power.

In the end, Harper won, the artists lost, and the cuts went ahead. Now, better organized both at the provincial and national level, the artists want their message heard more than ever.

But compared to the outrage of 2008, they’re going about in a very polite, very Canadian way.

Without much fanfare, Quebec’s Mouvement pour les arts et les lettres, which represents 14,000 artists, asked all five major federal parties to outline what they have in store for culture if elected.

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Source: Montreal Gazette

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