Paul Dewar outlines his arts policy commitments.
1. Income tax averaging to mitigate the fluctuations in income for artists and cultural workers
2. Extending federal income support such as EI and CPP to self-employed, freelance, and part-time workers
3. Removing federal income tax on the first $15,000 of income earned from copyright and residual payments by professional artists
Dewar also reaffirmed New Democrats’ long-standing commitment to provide sustained and increased funding to the Canada Council, CBC, Radio-Canada, and the Canadian Media Fund, as well as creating a new international arts touring fund to replace Trade Routes and PromArt which were cancelled by the Harper government.