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NDP Arts Caucus Champions Income Averaging for Artists

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Income Tax | 0 comments

The New Democrats will will push for the introduction of income averaging for Canadian artists, the party said during a press conference May 17 where it unveiled its arts caucus.

Income averaging was part of the NDP election platform, along with the promise to increase public funding for the Canada Council for the Arts.

NDP Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay Charlie Angus talks about the party’s position on Canada’s arts and culture industry in Ottawa, Tuesday May 17.

However, the party failed to provide costing information for those promises.

When asked how much the NDP planned to increase funding for the Canada Council, NDP MP Charlie Angus told reporters, “we don’t have the exact number on us now.”

“What is very important for us in dealing with this coming Parliament is to ensure that Mr. Harper keeps the promise he made,” Angus said. “They promise that they aren’t going to make cuts. We intend to hold them to account.”

Media pressed the MPs on whether they were prepared. Newly elected Quebec MP Pierre Nantel said the party is still learning. READ MORE

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