There have been a ton of articles written on Steven Harpers comments regarding artists as not ordinary working people. I don't even know where to begin with that so I won't.
In response to all of this Bravo has set up a Townhall evening on October 2nd. Alas it is on the same day as the 1st Leaders Debate and the 1st Vice Presidential Debate. So I expect that there will be a split focus which is quite unfortunate.
I must say that I am quite heartened that the arts has made it to this profile level. Usually nobody much cares unless you want someone to sing at an event. I strongly urge people to get out and be vocal and to take advantage of the numerous opportunities to ask the arts questions to the candidates in their riding.