NDP, Heritage boondoggle in the making says Angus:
New Democrats are asking the Heritage Minister to explain what appears to be a backdoor process to give Conservative MPs first dibs on a proposed summer arts program. Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) has obtained a memorandum from the minister’s office that is inviting Conservative MPs to come forward with ideas on how to spend a $30 million program slated for summer festivals. No criteria, applications or timelines have been posted by the Heritage Department with regards to this multi-million dollar fund.
“This government talks about accountability. But the first principle of accountability is fair and equal access to government funds. This minister must explain herself immediately. She must assure arts and culture festivals and local museums across Canada that she intends to hand out this money without the vetting or suggestions from Conservative MPs.”
I fully agree, the first principle of accountability is fair and equal access to government funds, as well as a fully accountable application process. The Ontario Liberal Party, along with the federal Conservative Party, should be encouraged to follow that standard.
Maybe I'm just new.
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