On Friday, Justin Trudeau’s Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault announced that $500 million of taxpayers’ money will be spent on arts and culture in the context of coronavirus relief.
The funding will be based on "needs assessment" with $198 million handed out to the Canadian Music Fund, Canada Book Fund, and the Canadian Periodical Fund.
$116 million is earmarked for the television and film industry via the Canada Media Fund ($89 million) and Telefilm Canada ($27 million).
The Canada Council for the Arts is set to receive $55 million.
The Digital Citizen Initiative, a project that claims to "counter online disinformation" will receive $3.5 million.
CTV reports that Guilbeault claims "the ultimate goal of the funding is to keep the country's arts, culture and sports infrastructure intact as they weather mass cancellations of events."
But just what kind of arts and culture do these funds support?
Funding bodies such as the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Book Fund provide grants for projects such as "The Antifa Comic Book," a visual manual that endorses far-left political violence. CBC praised "The Antifa Comic Book," and its author: "Gord Hill documents these powerful moments of conflict and confrontation with a perceptive eye and a powerful sense of resolve."
In fact, anti-Trump and anti-American sentiment makes up a significant portion of artistic projects funding by the Trudeau government.
Another recent project is "Bronx Heroes in Trumpland"—a comic book depicting the American president as a supervillain who can only be defeated by progressive heroes of social justice: "Trump is a toupee-wearing scoundrel plotting to use mind control to vanquish America… Can the Bronx Heroes succeed where Mueller, Hilary [sic] Clinton, and the US congress failed, and save the nation from itself?"
Thanks to Canadian taxpayer dollars, we can purchase the book to find out. Both "Bronx Heroes in Trumpland" and "The Antifa Comic Book" are published by Vancouver publisher Arsenal Pulp Press.
Beyond the never-Trump cultural content, the Canada Book Fund, Canada Periodical Fund and Canada Council for the Arts also provide millions of dollars for other explicitly social-justice centred projects.
Bookhug, a publisher that used to be called "Bookthug" until a social-justice Twitter mobbing forced the company to change its name, is also funded by the government. Some of their recent titles include "Just Pervs," "Re-Origin of Species," and "The Videofag Book."
Another government-supported publishing house is ARP, which is self-described as an outlet that puts "emphasis on progressive political analysis and contemporary issues." A couple of their recent titles include "Sex Work Activism in Canada" and "Blacklife."
Trudeau’s heritage minister is no stranger to far-left activism himself, having once scaled Toronto’s CN Tower in 2001 with a banner that read: "CANADA AND BUSH: Climate Killers," an act he was arrested for. Guilbeault has also made headlines recently for advocating for a government-mandated "media licence" for publishers in Canada.
It’s no secret that the arts and culture sector is heavily populated with left-wing people and ideas, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the cultural content espousing progressive ideals gets produced. It’s quite a different thing, however, to discover that the Trudeau government is providing COVID-19 relief to fund such projects.
The Post Millennial reached out to Heritage Minister Guilbeault for comment but did not hear back by time of publication.