Martin’s Arts Budget Doesn’t Impress

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin may have thought he would get some accolades from the arts sector after his budget calling for the restoration of millions of dollars to the nation’s Television Fund, but it isn’t happening. In fact, outside of the TV industry, the Liberal government’s budget is being called a disappointment by nearly every arts advocate within earshot of a reporter. The arts world has been wary of the Martin government ever since the PM appointed a sports specialist as his heritage minister, and while the new budget doesn’t make any cuts to the cultural budget, the lack of any significant increases seems to have confirmed many artists’ suspicion that the arts aren’t a priority with Martin.