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Canadian war artist destroys own works to protest cuts to veterans’ services

Canadian war artist destroys own works to protest cuts to veterans’ services

This is heartbreaking.

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Allan Harding MacKay is a renowned Canadian artist who has spent time alongside combat troops to capture their experiences for history. Some of his works hang in the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian War Museum.

“This is a citizen’s action,” Mr. Harding told CBC. “I have art that has a power beyond my voice. So I am utilizing works that within my possession — assets that are within my possession — to shine a spotlight on things I completely disagree with in terms of this particular Harper government.”

In a controversial 2012 budget, the Conservative Majority Canadian Government of Stephen Harper made severe cuts to Veteran’s Affairs, which are expected to affect services for veterans.

CBC also reports that a spokesman for Defence Minister Peter MacKay, Jay Paxton, suggested Mr. Harding donate the works to charity rather than destroying them. But the artist insisted that sacrificing the pieces will bring more attention to the cause.

He plans to destroy four more pieces on Parliament Hill tomorrow.

The full CBC video is embedded after the break.

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I am Creative Director at Acart Communications, a Canadian Social Issues Marketing agency. Read more