Chris Cobb, The Ottawa Citizen
Doucet concedes that “arts haven’t been on the radar” during this campaign but promises to do his best to elevate the issue into something more than the traditional election afterthought.
He will be announcing his specific cultural platform later in the campaign — leaving the best till last “because it’s the closest to my heart” — but hints that one plank will be a “Spaces and Places” policy that addresses the lack of rehearsal and development space for all arts groups.
A Jim Watson campaign spokesman said the candidate had no arts policies to announce just yet and the Larry O’Brien campaign didn’t respond at all.
What the arts community dreads is a slate of new councillors who see the arts as a frivolous activity pursued by elites who should fund their own theatrical, artistic and musical pleasures.
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