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Canada Prizes for the Arts still on hold: Moore

A $25-million promise to Canada's arts community continues to be delayed, according to Heritage Minister James Moore.

The Canada Prizes for the Arts and Creativity was part of the 2009 Conservative budget but not a single prize or a single penny has been handed out.

Backed by the founders of Toronto's Luminato Festival, along with the National Ballet School's Jeff Melanson, the prizes were to be bestowed on top international artists in various disciplines at the Toronto festival.

Outrage erupted in Quebec, where arts groups and politicians were already upset over $45 million in federal cuts to arts spending the year before — cuts that cost the Conservatives many votes in the province.

As a result, the Harper government announced last spring the Canada Prizes would be administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Source: CBC News

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