Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Political Parties Respond to Arts Sector Questionnaire

SAA Bulletin - October 2003

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The arts and culture sector makes an indispensable contribution to our province. So, the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance asked our provincial political party leaders to articulate their position and measures they plan to establish to support the arts and culture sector. If support of the arts is one of your interests in the upcoming election, you might want to consider each party’s current election platforms as well as positions they have taken on the arts in the past.

Of the registered provincial political parties written to, three responded to the questionnaire and the Saskatchewan Liberal Party provided its “Arts and Culture Platform Policy”.

The Liberal Party Platform Policy states support for funding arts and culture through lottery and gaming profits, and supports some aspects of the cultural industries.

While giving qualified commitment in some areas, the New Democratic Party supported a pan-departmental cultural policy, increased funding to the Saskatchewan Arts Board and maintaining its arms’ length status, maintaining a dedicated government department, and continuing funding of the Cultural Industries Development Council.

The New Green Alliance affirmed support for all questions.

The Saskatchewan Party committed to maintaining the current level of existing funding to arts and gave qualified support in other areas mentioning, in the case of the dedicated government department and status of the artist commission, a need to review based on five criteria: public interest, affordable, accountable, effective delivery, and growing the population.

Highlights of the responses are in the chart below. The Liberal Party responses are derived from its Arts and Culture Platform Policy which can be found at Liberal Arts and Culture Platform Policy. Here is a link to the complete questionnaire and responses, Arts Sector Questionnaire


Liberal Party (derived from Arts and Culture Platform Policy)
New Democratic Party
New Green Alliance
Saskatchewan Party

1. Amendment to Status of the Artist Act
Not referenced in Platform Policy
Qualified support upon review
Affirms support
Qualified support upon review

Formation of a Status of the Artist Commission
Qualified support dependent on Ministerial Advisory Committee identified issues
Qualified support upon review based on 5 criteria

2. A pro-active pan-departmental arts and culture policy
Not referenced in Platform Policy
Commits support
Affirms support
Encourages sector to be proactive

3. Saskatchewan Arts Board funding
Not referenced in Platform Policy
Commits to increase funding by $1.5 million by 2005
Affirms support
Will maintain current level of existing funding to arts. Impact of “Get Sask. Growing” will mean more funding available for programs and services

4. Lottery funding to culture/increased investment
Supports this form of funding
Supports this form of fundingQualified support for increasing investment
Affirms support
Supports this form of funding. Qualified support for increasing investment dependent on review

5. Advancement of 1997 Cultural Industries Development Strategy
Commits to support Film and Video and new media industry
Commits to ongoing funding to Cultural Industries Development Council and to work with community using strategy as framework
Affirms supportSask. Party economic growth plan could have positive impact on key strategy elements.

6. Dedicated government department
Not referenced in Platform Policy
Commits to maintain a separate department
Affirms support
Would review nature and scope based on 5 criteria.