With the founding of the Canada Council for the Arts over 50 years ago,the government of Canada has always recognized the fundamental importance of supporting a diverse range of artistic practices at “arm’s length”, meaning that no political party ever has the right to dictate to artists what they can do, even when supported by public money.
Franke James’ work is political, yes. But in a democracy, this is desirable. The critical examination of policy through the arts opens up discussion in a way that ultimately helps make stronger, wiser policy.
Unfortunately, the current regime has decided that censorship is ok. I’m embarrassed my country is being lead by such anti-intellectual fascists, and I’m worried. These are not the values this country was founded upon.