Well, this is a plot twist.
In the BC Liberal Party's throne speech delivered at the B.C. Legislature on June 22, Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon pledged that the government would double the budget of the BC Arts Council, in line with the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture's recommendations. The promise stands in stark contrast with the BC Liberals' election platform, which made no mention of the BC Arts Council budget.
In the speech, Guichon made the following statement, during a section primarily addressing post-secondary and adult basic education and ESL programs:
The pledge was made along with a suite of other recommendations that often more closely resembled the BC NDP and Green platforms than that of the BC Liberals. Addressing the shift, Guichon read, "The May election delivered a divided result. Your government has listened to that result and brings forward this agenda to gain this house's confidence and, in doing so, the confidence of the people of British Columbia. It is submitted with humility and openness to change."
While the promise is encouraging, the future of the B.C. government remains uncertain. The BC NDP, backed by the Green Party, have pledged to vote Premier Christy Clark's government down as early as next week.
The full text of the speech can be read online here.