Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, 2014 GG Speech for Tenir tête
Cuts to cultural organizations, censorship of the systematic dismantling of the public broadcaster: the conservative revolt against cultural institutions represents a frontal assault on democracy itself, which can only be based on the sharing of knowledge.
Thomas King, 2014 GG Speech for The Back of The Turtle
All art is political, and, in a world that has tilted towards the unconscionable concept of profit at any price, we need be reminded that human beings, along with all living creatures, have a shared right to the air we breathe and the water we drink, that we have an enduring interest in the generosity of the societies we create, that we have a continuing obligation to extend compassion one to another.
Jordan Tannahill, 2014 GG Speech for Age of Minority
When I was 13 I wrote my first play: a somewhat melodramatic rip-off of On Golden Pond. I asked my mother if I could borrow some money to rent a theatre here in Ottawa to stage it. I will never forget how she calmly wrote the cheque and handed it over to me, possessed by some immense and, as of then, totally unproven faith in her son.