September 22, 2015 12:36 pm
Updated: September 22, 2015 1:26 pm

Trudeau promises to increase funding for the arts and CBC

Justin Trudeau says if the liberals are elected, they will add $150 million annually to the CBC budget.

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MONTREAL – The Liberals would give $380 million in additional funding for the arts and undo the Conservative funding cuts to the CBC, Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday.

Trudeau said he would reverse the $115 million in cuts the Conservative government made to the national broadcaster annually for three years and top up funding for CBC/Radio-Canada by an additional $35 million per year.

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The Liberal leader also said he would double the annual funding for the Canada Council of the Arts from $180 million to $360 million.

Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board would together get an additional $25 million per year, he said, surrounded by supporters and local candidates at a Montreal hotel.

He held his arts announcement in Quebec, a province with strong ties to its artistic communities.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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