Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark has told an arts advocacy group she will restore arts funding to 2008/09 levels.
Clark’s campaign has ignored repeated requests from the Straight for an interview regarding her arts policies, but in a letter to Arts Advocacy B.C., the Liberal leadership hopeful said she would stand by the recommendations of the bipartisan standing committee on finance and government services.
“As a strong believer in the work done by the select standing committees, I support their recommendations and would return to the 2008/09 funding levels,” wrote Clark to AABC, which has teamed up with the Alliance for Arts and Culture to survey leadership candidates in the provincial parties.
In response to the AABC’s question regarding the 1999 Memorandum of Agreement with the B.C. Association of Charitable Gaming, which stipulated that one-third of net gaming revenues would go to charities and non-profits, Clark wrote: “While I remain a proponent of boosting gaming grants in key areas like the arts”¦I do not believe that in our current deficit situation that it will be realistic to provide the level of overall gaming grant funding that would be required to meet the standard laid out in the 1999 MOA.”
As part of her campaign promises, Clark earlier pledged to boost community gaming grants by $15 million and promised to review the current governance and funding formula for gaming grants. Clark has not explicitly addressed the restoration of eligibility to adult arts, sport, and environmental groups.