- In its report, the Royal Commission on Arts, Letters and Sciences wrote the following: “Canada became a national entity because of certain habits of mind and convictions which its people shared and would not surrender.” Do you agree with this argument and view of Canadian history?
- How does the commission report situate the modern conditions of leisure in its analysis of arts and culture?
- “In a country which boasts of freedom based on law and inspired by Christian principles, it is perhaps unnecessary to say that education is not primarily a responsibility of the state at all, whether provincial or federal. Education is primarily a personal responsibility, as well as a fundamental right of the individual considered as a free and rational being.” Do you agree with the commission’s view of the right of education?
- Why did the commissioners describe their work as timely and urgent?
- How do the commissioners justify recommending greater state support for fostering arts and letters?
- Why did the commission recommend the establishment of a “Canada Council for the Encouragement of the Arts, Letters, Humanities and Social Sciences”?
- If another Royal Commission on the arts, letters, humanities, and social sciences were held today, what would you want it to investigate? What should be its mandate?