Last Monday I was at the all Federal candidates forum hosted by the Alliance for Arts and Culture. Guests included Vancouver Centre Liberal MP Hedy Fry and her challengers Michael Byers (NDP), and Adriane Carr (Green), and John Cummins, MP for Delta–Richmond East.
According to Colin Thomas writing in the Georgia Straight, it was a packed house – standing room only – at Vancouver Arts Club’s 650-seat Stanley Theatre on Granville Street, and people were passionate and vocal throughout the evening’s debate.
This is the first time in memory that the arts have become an issue in a federal election, and turnout reflected a large segment of Vancouver voters who reject political assaults on Canadian culture and fervently support our creative city.
The Alliance for Arts and Culture was founded in 1986 in order to provide a stronger, unified voice for Greater Vancouver’s cultural community and now includes more than 330 arts groups and individuals.