Hogg Commits to Arts and Coaticook’s 150th
William Hogg, candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada in Compton-Stanstead, and Pablo Rodriguez, Liberal incumbent in Honoré-Mercier, visited the Pavillon des arts et de la culture in Coaticook to speak with about a dozen members of the socioeconomic and cultural community of Coaticook on Monday. They took advantage of this opportunity to announce the principal commitments made by the LPC for the arts, culture and heritage communities.
“The cultural sector represents an important part of our local economy,” said Mr. Hogg. “But there is a huge potential for it to go farther. Unfortunately, with a Conservative government that hates arts and culture, there is no reliable federal partner for this sector.”
“The Liberal Party has committed to fixing the errors of the Conservatives. Contrary to them, our Party understands the impor- tance of culture,” said Mr. Rodriguez.
A Liberal government would commit to doubling the budget of the Canada Council for the Arts, raising its resources from $180 million to $360 million a year. It has also committed to re-establishing programs cut by the Conservatives, particularly PromArt and Trade Routes, which played an important role in the promotion of Canadian culture internationally.
“As a former analyst for CBC/Radio-Canada, I recognize the importance of our national broadcaster,” continued Mr. Hogg. “A Liberal government would provide stable and predictable funding for its important and unique mission in our country.”
Pablo Rodriguez, in his role as Official Opposition critic for Canadian Heritage, worked hard for artists during the debate on copyright.
“A Liberal government will present legislation on copyright that will prioritize the protection of the rights of our cultural pro-
We’d never act like the Conservatives on this file.” For Mr. Rodriguez “it is clear that the Liberal Party of Canada is the only party capable of acting to protect and advance the interests of Québec and Canadian artists.”
Mr. Hogg took advantage of the meeting, attended by Mayor Bertrand Lamoureux, to announce that he will be a full partner for the 150th anniversary celebrations in Coaticook, which will begin in January 2014 if he is elected.
“The town, socio-economic and cultural actors are already getting ready,” began Mr. Hogg. “We need to start helping now, in 2011, to make sure that the organising committee has access to the resources it will need. With an active partner at the federal level, who will work with these engaged individuals, their job will be much easier.”
“My role as Member of Parliament will be to actively engage citizens, then support and participate fully in their efforts to do good things,” concluded Mr. Hogg. “That is how I’ve worked over the past three years, and that is how I will work once elected.”
Candidate William Hogg and Liberal incumbent Pablo Rodriguez were in Coaticook, on Monday, to demonstrate the Liberal Party’s support for arts and culture.