HALIFAX, N.S. - Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil is highlighting his
platform commitment to double funding for Nova Scotia's arts and
culture sector.

McNeil says a Liberal government would spend $7 million a year by the
end of its four-year mandate as he campaigned today for the June 9
provincial election.

Under the Liberal plan the existing grants program would be doubled.


McNeil says it's time those who contribute to the cultural
identity of the province are also recognized for their economic

MacNeil says a vibrant arts community would play a part in growing the province's economy because it generates revenue.

Jane Buss, executive director of the Writer's Federation of Nova
Scotia, calls the Liberal funding promise "a start" for a cultural
sector that is struggling to make ends meet with its current level of
government support.

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