Hira Chopra


Hira Chopra


Port Alberni

Running for

City/Town Council

Party or Slate (if applicable)



Do you know how much your local government invests in the arts? Would you commit to advocating for an increase in that cultural investment for arts, culture, and heritage in your community, within the capacity of your elected body?



If elected, will you take an active role on behalf of your local government in championing the growth of arts, culture and heritage in your community? Why?

Yes. Because it is a major part of our community and represents a good investment.


Students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages and are three times more likely to get a degree. Will you commit to making the arts a critical component of every child’s education? If so, how?

Yes. Offer free access to all cultural activities in the community and encourage volunteerism in the cultural community to obtain credits for graduation.

Cultural Growth

How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?

Share tax investment with other regional partners and source out grant and gaming revenues to support cultural programs.

Cultural Spaces

Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?

Yes. By providing city owned property and buildings to cultural organizations.

Cultural Tourism

How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?

Partnership with local First Nations.

How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?

Provide spaces to create a healthy environment for the cultural community.

Key Issues

What do you feel is the single most important issue relating to arts, culture, and heritage in your community, and what action will you take to address it?

Education. Offer programs for all members of community to increase awareness,


How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)

By being involved in, and attending many local cultural events.