The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Tomorrow, it appears, doesn’t just start today, but the day after that, and then again the day after that, and the day after that. The ongoing saga of the Tomorrow Starts Today funding program has become an unnecessary drama that leaves one of Canada’s most important economic engines, its cultural industries, living in their own version of Groundhog Day, waking up tomorrow over and over again to the same circumstances.  It’s a recurring nightmare that verges on cruel to inflict on people who not only feel passionate about their work and vision, but also have countless thousands of paycheques to sign.  If Canadian Heritage minister Liza Frulla is to serve as anything other than a placeholder between real ministers, she will direct her bureaucrats to draw up the plan that members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage are asking for – one for long-term, stable funding for the arts and cultural community.  Then she will fight for it and win. Without that key victory, she’ll be little more than a bad memory.  The yearly road-show of television and music stars to Parliament Hill lends downtown Ottawa a bit of needed glitz, but most of us would be pleased to leave the star-gazing to Torontonians if it means a little peace and quiet, and the assurance that Canada’s storytellers in all media have sufficient funding to continue.  As members of the Heritage committee can attest, we’re all getting tired of the ongoing drama. On cultural funding, our government, bureaucrats, the public and the artists all agree right now that long- term funding is what’s required to avoid the incredible waste of resources that continual extensions are costing taxpayers. The next time we hear Tomorrow Starts Today, let’s hope the government means it.  A long-term, stable plan is likely impossible in time for the next budget, and would be a real “rabbit out of a hat.” The commitment to deliver such a plan can come anytime, however – the sooner the better.