My entry for the YLC Positive Politics Challenge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MevlKbbGzdM
Both these articles have a common theme: http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1607280&p=1 and http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/todays-paper/Tory+arts+funding+sparks+criticism+frustration/1608318/story.htm
The Harper government being anti-science and anti-arts shouldn't surprise anyone at this point, but with this two articles comes a re-affirmation that Harper and the Conservatives are out of touch with how these and other aspects of the new, knowledge economy will help get Canada out of the recession. In Harper's World, artists and scientists are lazy elitists and geeks, sucking at the federal teet. In the real world, both the arts and sciences are things which put Canada on the map globally far more than Harper's identikit Bushian foreign policy and economic mismanagement. A Liberal government must and will recognize the importance and need of the knowledge economy as part of an overarching plan to protect the livelihood of our citizens, and get Canada working.