Protesting students

Hey look! A bunch of students protesting the lack of serious economic development in New Brunswick and the lack of economic opportunity for them in their home province! Finally.

Just kidding.

I guess they are protesting cuts to the cultural spending. I guess that is a whole lot more important than the continued out-migration of our youth to the rest of Canada.

One of the little ironies here – and there are so many – is that the vast – vast majority of this cultural spending takes place in Ontario and Quebec. There are a few crumbs thrown down here but government-level spending on culture in New Brunswick is the second lowest in Canada. The feds spend double per capita on culture in Quebec compared to New Brunswick and 58% more in Ontario.

I am sure that Daulton McGuinty appreciates those poor students in front of Harrison Trimble High School in Moncton protesting against those culture funding cuts that will mostly be felt in Ontario but don’t expect it to change his attempts to deeply cut the equalization program.