It seemed anyone who was upset about the fact Prime Minister Stephen Harper prorogued Parliament in December was mad mainly because it sets a bad precedent that a government about to be evicted from its sandbox, simply takes all the toys and goes home to prevent that from happening.
But I found out today that when the House was prorogued, a lot of other work simply got cancelled.
Emmy Alcorn, the Artistic Director of Mulgrave Road Theatre in Guysborough, NS, said the day after the house was prorogued, arts leaders from across the country were set to blitz the nation’s capital in an effort to get out the word to ensure the arts don’t get the short end of the budget stick.
There were meetings set up with over 70 different MPs from every party.
And they all got kiboshed.
It’s not the only chance the arts groups have to meet with MPs and Alcorn is meeting with the MP in her region directly still.
But still, I can’t imagine the disappointment and dejection of the people who spent countless hours setting up those meetings, arranging travel, determining agendas and coordinating the lobbying effort, for it all to come for naught.
Just another reason why I wish everybody would think twice before deciding that partisanship and politics should take precedence over governing. And just for the record, that applies to every party in the House of Commons.