On March 22, 2017, the Sask Party government led by Premier Brad Wall presented a brutal provincial budget to the legislature and to the people of the province. There are far too many problems with this budget than my blog post can list, however, local pundit Tammy Robert ( who had a Sask Party sign on her lawn during last year’s election) has eviscerated the entire thing in this exceptional blog post.
The purpose of this blog post is to reach out to Saskatchewan authors who are as disgusted as I am with the budget and notably with cuts to libraries province-wide.
I know there is very little that authors can do beyond a symbolic show of solidarity with our libraries (and maybe a Go Fund Me … still tinkering with that idea) but I believe we absolutely must make a strong statement against the cuts. Libraries = literacy. Libraries are community resources. They are access points to the Internet. They are places where we authors have the privilege of sharing our work with readers. What’s more, libraries are multi-generational – people of all ages use them. My perspective is there are things we taxpayers bankroll that should be untouchable: libraries are near the top of that list.
So I’m hoping I can enlist enough author support to, at the very least, deliver an open letter to the government, signed by all of us who hate these cuts and who fear for the future of libraries in the province.
If you’re an author and you want to get involved, I’d be grateful if you could fill in this short form. I would then add you to a mailing list and then perhaps get a properly worded letter that is agreeable to all written and supported by everyone who is interested. I am mindful that we cannot reverse the cuts, but I can’t help but feel we need to make some kind of statement. Authors cannot stand by silently while the government cuts funds to libraries and we see these important community resources close. If you would like to sign up to be contacted about an open letter, please fill in the form below. If you would like to comment on this blog post, please scroll down past the form and you will see the comments section.
Thank you for reading.