Hogg Com­mits to Arts and Coat­i­cook’s 150th

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff Coat­i­cook

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-

duc­ers.

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.”

photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Can­di­date Wil­liam Hogg and Lib­eral in­cum­bent Pablo Ro­driguez were in Coat­i­cook, on Mon­day, to demon­strate the Lib­eral Party’s sup­port for arts and cul­ture.

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