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Trudeau promises to increase funding for the arts and CBC

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks to supporters during a campaign event in Toronto on Sept. 21, 2015. Mr. Trudeau announced on Sept. 22, 2015, that his party would undo the Conservative funding cuts to the CBC.

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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.

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

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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.

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