Re: "Jubilee spat goes public," Herald Online, May 18.
Dear Editor: I am
appalled after reading of Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk's handling
of the Shen Yun Performing Arts Group. The way she has treated this
Chinese troupe is likely to remind them more of their totalitarian
native land than our beloved democratic Alberta.
taken the stance (much like the Chinese Communist Party) that "if you
criticize me, I will make you disappear." Isn't her job to cultivate and
support culture in this province? How are we supposed to build and
improve culture with a minister who is completely unable to take
The Jubilee Auditorium is a
government-owned theatre. I would expect my tax dollars would go toward
keeping the venue at the highest standard to ensure we can continue
hosting world-class performances.
For Klimchuk to have a tantrum
and block a company from returning after they brought legitimate
concerns to her is infantile and unprofessional.
I saw Shen Yun in
Edmonton this year and the experience blew me away. I was brought to
tears many times during the show; it was so moving. One piece in the
show told the story of two Chinese people who had the courage to resist
persecution and violent suppression in China by the Chinese Communist
I don't think they should tolerate it in Alberta, either.
Justina Wheale, Wetaskiwin