In our own recession emergency measures, we Yanks were lucky to get a few more pennies for our National "Endowment" for the Arts.
Our neighbors up north meanwhile just pumped extra millions directly into their two largest theatre institutions.
The Canuck government [really Variety? Canuck?] is pumping funds into attractions it considers significant tourist draws, with the Stratford Shakespeare Fest and the Shaw Fest, both in Ontario, receiving hefty sums. Stratford gets about $3 million Canadian (about $2.5 million in U.S. greenbacks) while the Shaw Fest receives around $2.1 million Canadian (US $1.7 million).Unfortunately, if our representatives decide that only tourism makes theatre worth the investment, all the money would go directly into the coffers of the League of Broadway Producers.