Tory subsidy cuts to arts groups is an important first step in freeing taxpayers from buying art they don't want.
We must remember that government subsidies to any business person, including artists, are paid for with tax dollars. Travel subsidies can create wasteful, if not perverse outcomes - after all, if Canadians produced world-class art, and then marketed it effectively, people would notice.
Worse yet, artists who aren't subsidized must now pay higher taxes to fund those who are somehow determined worthy by government bureaucrats or handmaidens. Not only that, subsidized artists may create more art than there is a market for, making it even more difficult for unsubsidized artists to live from their art.
Taxpayers shouldn't be on the hook to finance the international junkets of anyone.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
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