Now That We’ll Have A Diverse Cabinet, The Arts Need To Catch Up

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Now That We’ll Have A Diverse Cabinet, The Arts Need To Catch Up
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Now That We’ll Have A Diverse Cabinet, The Arts Need To Catch Up

Published on November 4th, 2015
By  Bob Ramsay, Huffington Post

On Wednesday, Justin Trudeau will announce a new cabinet made up 50 per cent of women. That example could have painful consequences for a community that’s been hobbled by the Harper Tories and is expecting great things — especially more money — from the new Liberal Government.

The major arts groups in Canada’s largest city may be waiting a long time for sunny days, because they have among the least diverse “cabinets” anywhere in the land.

In fact, if any of them bleat that they can’t find enough “merit-based” candidates among women and minorities, they risk being out of touch, not only with their audiences, but their funders, especially in Ottawa.

They say you can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.