An urgent review is needed into the impact of Conservative changes that increased costs for bar and restaurant owners to book foreign singers and artists in Canada’s small music venues.


“These measures are adding thousands in costs to already squeezed bar and restaurant owners, threatening the profitability, and in some cases viability, of these small businesses,” said New Democrat Heritage critic Pierre Nantel. “As a result of the Conservative minister’s decision, the diversity of our music scene is being put at risk.”


There has been a groundswell of opposition to this measure, and a petition opposing this measure has already garnered over 100,000 signatures.


Nantel will table the following motion today at the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage:


“That the Committee conduct a study before November 28, 2013 on the increased costs for bar and restaurant owners to hire foreign artists

-       in order to examine the consequences to the diversity and vitality of the music scene as well as to the vitality of these small businesses; and

-       that the Heritage Minister as well as the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development appear as part of this study.”