The Arts Beat
By Elynn Wareham
Is the head of Canadian culture under the blade of a guillotine? It could be, as 29 of the world’s richest countries meet behind closed doors in France to discuss the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
If the agreement is signed next spring, the erosion of Canadian culture could result from an attempt to promote global investment. To please investors in countries like the United States, that are opposed in principle to excessive government subsidies, Canada may have to soften some of its traditionally strong cultural protections in order to preserve regulations and subsidies in other policy areas.