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Tom Mulcair promises support for the arts

TORONTO – The NDP is pledging more support for film production and artists if elected to govern the country.

Party Leader Tom Mulcair says a New Democrat government would provide $60 million over four years to Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board, and loosen rules to secure grants from the Canada Council for the Arts.

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The NDP says it would also allow self-employed artists to average their incomes, a move they say would make tax filing fairer and more predictable.

Artists would also be able to promote their work internationally through the appointment of cultural attaches at Canadian embassies.

And the NDP would create a new $10 million digital content fund to support celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

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Mulcair also reconfirmed his party’s promise from earlier this year to reverse $115 million in cuts made by the Conservative government to the CBC.

The NDP campaign was in Toronto on Monday following a whirlwind tour of six Conservative ridings in southwestern Ontario the day before.

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