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By Ashley Opheim

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Canada is not only home to the young and free, but also the artistic. Arts and culture-related initiatives make considerable contributions to the well being of communities. Canadian artists stand for freedom of expression, a right that all Canadians should be capable of flexing. Art enriches and strengthens an individual's ability to exert their right to freedom of expression.


Section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees everyone the fundamental freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including the freedom of the press and other media of communication. The three core reasons that the right to freedom of expression is important are:

1) To ensure the free flow of ideas in a democratic society

2) To ensure free debate in order to allow truth to prevail in the market place of ideas

3) To ensure citizens' ability to self realize through expression is not restricted


According to Section 2(b) of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms ensures everyone has the right to produce and share their art. If this is a right to Canadians, why is that the Canadian government has recently been making fatal cuts to arts funding?

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