Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe continued to attack the Conservatives' cuts to arts and culture today in a speech to the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
The cuts have become an important issue in Quebec, if only because the province's artists have been increasingly vocal about them. A major concert and protest took place last night in Montreal, attended by Duceppe and NDP leader Jack Layton, who promised to reverse the $45 million in program cuts.
In his speech, Duceppe told the business leaders arts and culture generated $1.4 billion for Montreal's economy alone.
Then he had a bit of fun. He reminded the audience of California governor and former Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's criticism of Ottawa and Washington for inaction on the environment.
"We're sending a strong message to our federal governments that states and provinces are moving forward in the absence of federal action," Schwarzenegger said yesterday during an announcement of a regional market among 11 provinces and states to trade carbon emissions and lower greenhouse gases.
But for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, "Schwarzenegger isn't credible," Duceppe said.
"He's an artist!"
- Andrew Chung