05/22/2011 11:08 am ET | Updated Jul 22, 2011

NDP To Form Culture Caucus, Request More Arts Funding

OTTAWA -- A group of four New Democrat MPs with a background in the arts said they are forming a new culture caucus and asking the Tories to consider increased funding for the Canada Council for the Arts.

They also want Ottawa to introduce income averaging for artists -- a system that they said works well in Quebec for stars who may make a lot of money while they're on a roll, but then fall into a slump.