Election platforms: digital & culture platform(s)?

As the electioneering gets seriously underway, it will be interesting to see how the political parties align themselves with respect to mobility, the digital and creative economies, and education. Michael Geist has published a summary of the Liberal platform on digital economy goals – some of which impact on mobility issues. Here’s where you can find the whole platform. I couldn’t find an official NDP or Conservative platform document yet, but the NDP has four “practical first steps” here. The Conservatives have a website that you’re not allowed to duplicate in part or whole, but I imagine that the election platform will eventually show up on it at http://www.conservative.ca. The Green Party seems to have mapped out what they stand for in documents that you can find here.

On a related matter, here is the “radio essay” of Jian Ghomeshi talking about the lack of discussion so far about arts & culture during the election, including funding and … jobs. If the link breaks, you can find it on the Q website at CBC.ca. Remember, last time around Stephen Harper set off the election conversation about culture with his comment about rich people at galas, and the arts as an elitist luxury.

Also – I noticed that the post on the class blog just before this one was officially #100! Fitting, isn’t it, the night before our final class?

About M.E. Luka

Mary Elizabeth (“ME”) Luka is a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar, HASTAC Scholar, and doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Joint Program in Communication at Concordia University, where she’s probing the meaning and potential of “creative citizenship,” including the work of artists and creative producers in daily life. Her scholarly research and teaching interests focus on production practices and creativity in cultural media production and more generally the creative and cultural industries, and the intriguing dynamics—and networks—generated at the intersection of the arts, broadcasting and digital production. Currently, Luka is teaching a graduate course in media, culture & society at Mount Saint Vincent University. In addition, ME is an award-winning producer and director for television and digital media as well as an experienced consultant in art, culture and media. She is an active leadership volunteer, including as Vice-Chair of Arts Nova Scotia, the new funding body for many artists and arts organizations in the province. For fun, she likes - umm - art, culture, and media, as well as travel, friends and family. @meluka01 | http://moreartculturemediaplease.com
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