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By Nox (anonymous) | Posted December 02, 2011 at 21:07:26

Heritage Minister James Moore told the Canadian Heritage committee Thursday that the arts are good for the economy, while pointing out that Canada is the only G8 country that actually increased funding for arts and culture during the recession.

As an economic generator, arts and culture industries are worth $46 billion, and employ 4 per cent of Canadians.

Nevertheless, Moore said, the Heritage department has eliminated 400 jobs, and the savings from those salaries mean more money has gone directly to artists and less is spent on the bureaucracy in Ottawa.

In fact, he revealed, the government department hit hardest in the budget is his own: "We will have the biggest cut in my department, more than anyone else, in order to protect the integrity of the Canada Council for the Arts, national museums and festivals across the country."

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