A strong and vibrant creative economy is essential to our nation’s identity. With the recent announcement of Creative Canada, the federal government is reaffirming its commitment to our country’s creative industries. To discuss this exciting new framework, Adam Vaughan, MP for Spadina-Fort York, and I co-hosted a town hall meeting this past Sunday on the future of the Canadian broadcasting and creative industries.
We were thrilled to host the event at the Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema, a Canadian cultural institution that has done so much to promote and advance Canada’s filmmakers. We were also fortunate to have Arif Virani, MP for Parkdale-High Park and Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Canadian Heritage (Multiculturalism), lead a fantastic panel discussion. The panelists — Alex Johnston, Vice President of Strategy and Public Affairs at the CBC, Lise Lareau, former President of the Canadian Media Guild, and Neal McDougall, Director of Policy at the Writers Guild of Canada — discussed the unique changes Canadians face as creative professionals, and how the government can best support and invest in their industries going forward.
I would like to express my gratitude to the panelists, to Arif Virani, and to the staff at Hot Docs Cinema — especially President Chris McDonald and Executive Director Brett Hendrie — for hosting us at your theatre!
Thank you to everyone who attended for being a part of this important conversation. Let’s keep this dialogue going and ensure that our creative and cultural policies are at the heart of Canada’s economic growth for years to come.