Cuts to arts and culture short-sighted and should be reversed, Cardy says

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy is calling on the Liberal government to reverse the cuts to arts and culture announced earlier this month in the budget.

“Arts and culture is one of the most important aspects of our province and by making arbitrary cuts to this sector, Brian Gallant is once again proving that he is governing with no vision for the province,” Cardy said.

“Bill Fraser and the Gallant government have opted to put more money into the bureaucracy of the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture instead of funding an ever-growing and ever-inspiring arts and culture industry,” Cardy said.

“Arts and culture is often forgotten as a vibrant piece of our economy,” Cardy said. “Taking this funding away is taking money and jobs out of our economy.”

“Not only do I believe that ArtsNB is better at determining where best to spend the funding,” Cardy said, “I also trust ArtsNB more to help the arts and culture sector create more opportunities and jobs.”