Last week Boomer Stacey (PACT’s Executive Director), Nick Tracey (Chair of the Advocacy Committee), and Mirette A. Shoeir (PACT’s Membership & Communications Manager) flew to Ottawa for an advocacy trip.
Unlike previous trips where the team had gone in with specific asks, the purpose of this visit was to build relationships with newly elected MPs and explore how we can work with the Department of Canadian Heritage as well as their Minister’s Office within the parameters of their new mandates while continuing to centre on the interests of our sector.
We kicked off the first day with meetings with the Prime Minister’s Office, Global Affairs Canada, the Trade Branch of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Our conversations centred on three main points:
- the formulation of the new Cultural Diplomacy policy. We talked about how the Performing Arts could play a robust role in sparking cross-cultural dialogue;
- interest in finding out what work has happened and continues to happen around Safe and Respectful Workplaces initiatives, and
- climate change and sustainable practices which were also of great interest since it feeds into this government’s platform across all departments.
Overall, the team took 11 meetings in two days. We were pleased to see that these issues that were of interest to our members were in alignment with the mandate of this current government. The next step will be finding way to work together on advancing these issues for the betterment of our sector.