Questionable Priorities

2 05 2012

I see that the Canadian government will be paying for Prince Charles and Camilla to visit Canada this year. It is ironic that the same government has just decided to cancel all funding to the British Association for Canadian Studies, the organization that promotes awareness of Canada in Britain by, for instance, paying university libraries to stock books about Canada. In fact, the cancellation of the Understanding Canada program will curtail Canadian studies throughout the Commonwealth.  Given that Canada’s current government claims that it wishes to strengthen ties with Britain and the Commonwealth, it was an odd decision to end funding for the one body that combats the deplorable ignorance of and indifference to Canada that is so rampant in the UK. A professor of international relations here recently confessed to me that he “couldn’t name the President of Canada.”

You can read the official announcement of the cut here.

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