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“We strongly support the endeavors of Manitoba Music, the Canadian Independent Music Association, Music Canada and other artistic stakeholders in their call to put creators at the forefront of the Government of Canada’s upcoming cultural policy reforms. Supporting our musicians is now more important than ever, especially considering the US Citizen and Immigration Services’ recent punitive announcement that it will be substantially increasing our I-129 visa filing fees to tour south of the border. We encourage our government to seek new ways and strategies to provide economic opportunities in Canada’s cultural and creative sectors, as this is our livelihood and the way that we support our families.”

Lisa Saunders, Professional Musician, Ashes and Dreams

“We have been fortunate enough to be able to tour all over the world where we recognize that some of the most popular Canadians are our fellow musicians.  We hope that the Canadian Government  recognizes that it has an opportunity to protect the value of music created by Canadians to further enhance our culture.”

Billy Talent, professional musicians

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