“This book is about the shape and future of cultural policies for Canada. Its aim, through the collective voice of this Federal Cultural Policy Review Com- mittee, is to make recommendations addressing immediate and long-range problems, and to propose a set of guiding principles which will give govern- ments a basis for decision-making in the years ahead in fields of cultural ac- tivity that reach into the lives of all Canadians.
In our Summary ofBriefs and Hearings, published in January 1982, we noted that the proper place for the formulation of our own conclusions and recommendations was our planned Report. With the publication of the pre- sent document, we are pleased to be able to bring our views – distilled through public consultation, research and internal debate – before the people of Canada. “