Public Diplomacy Cuts

Published: Wednesday, 08/13/2008 12:00 am EDT

The government has terminated two programs that help art and culture groups, museums and individuals travel, export and promote their products abroad, the Globe and Mail reported this week. The $4.7-million PromArt program, run by DFAIT, was cancelled for providing travel grants to individuals and groups like writer Gwynne Dyer and Avi Lewis deemed "left-wing", "radical" and wealthy enough to pay for their own travel. The program also helped the Museum of Civilization and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. The Heritage Department's $9-million Trade Routes, which help cultural groups export and sell their products abroad, was also cut.

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