In a year-end interview with Post-Media News’ Randy Boswell, Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore (pictured, top right) warned that “stagnant” institutions in the cultural sector would face a difficult future under the austerity-minded Harper government.

Why is this good news for arts organizations? Well, for the last 25 years, faced with essentially frozen public funding, steadily rising costs, and an increasing appetite among Canadians for the programming they produce, they’ve been the very antithesis of stagnant in the efforts they’ve made to raise funds in-house and do out-reach with the broader community.

So under the criteria Moore sets out in the interview, they shouldn’t have to worry about having their funding cut or pulled.