STATEMENT FROM QUEEN’S PARK
Ted Arnott, MPP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2012
The Ontario Legislature was prorogued (shut down until further
notice) on October 15th. Eight weeks have now passed.
The following is a brief speech (Member’s Statement) that
Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott would have wanted to
deliver in the Ontario Legislature this week, had the House not
MPP Arnott congratulates Elora Centre for the Arts
Just a month before he died in the fall of 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy gave a speech at
Amherst College in Massachusetts.
In his remarks he said: “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow
his vision wherever it takes him.”
It was that kind of vision which, this past Saturday, brought together the supporters and friends of the
Elora Centre for the Arts to celebrate its 10 anniversary. And while President Kennedy may have never
visited Elora, it is clear that he understood the feeling, even the passion for the arts, which animates our
The Elora Centre for the Arts exists to pursue artistic excellence and achievement, for its own sake, and
to nurture and support other cultural endeavors.
What an amazing story they have to tell, and for all they’ve accomplished over the last ten years at the
Elora Centre for the Arts, a celebration was well deserved.
Everyone involved worked together to make the vision of an arts centre in Elora a living and vibrant
reality. What some might have thought impossible has become a magnet for cultural expression of all
kinds, with significant economic spinoffs.
For all that they deserve the acknowledgment and the thanks of a grateful Province.
As the MPP for Wellington-Halton Hills, I was honoured to join in the celebration, to express my
congratulations to everyone there, and wish them many more years of continued success.
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Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott pictured in front of the main entrance of the Ontario
Legislature, December 10, 2012.