Thank you so much. Thanks for the excellent presentation this morning.
I'm very blessed. I have a very rich artistic community in my riding. It's crazy. I actually didn't recognize it until I came into office. Literally every artistic person I meet on the street will say, “I live in your riding.”
I was very interested in your presentation. Thanks for taking us through the two main mechanisms that you've been funding: cultural hubs and creative spaces, and creative districts in Canada through your Canada arts presentation fund and Canada cultural spaces fund.
One of our key questions is how can the federal government foster and support their additional development? We have the two funds now. If you were to make additional recommendations to us, what more could we be doing? That's my first question.
Secondly, I hold strategic arts round tables with my community, and I often ask what I can do to be helpful to them at the federal level. They often say, “Julie, if there's any way that you can better collaborate with the other levels of government, that would be really helpful.” It's one of the things they say to me, particularly around additional spaces, funding, or bringing things together.
I just want to get your thoughts. We have two amazing funds now. They're doing some really good work. If you had to make some additional recommendations in terms of additionally fostering and supporting their development, what would they be?
Is there a way that we can work better with the other levels of government?