Justin Trudeau's new heritage minister promises more money for arts and culture

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      Before the federal election, Justin Trudeau made fairly lavish promises around arts and culture.

      He said a Liberal government would double annual federal funding to the Canada Council of the Arts from $180 million to $360 million.

      The Liberals also declared that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation would get a $150-million annual boost and $25 million would go to Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board.

      Just one day after the new cabinet was sworn in, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has already given assurances that these weren't empty pledges.

      In an interview with CBC, she said that "reinvesting" in the arts and in the Crown broadcaster "will be fundamental".

      "I have the best ministry," Joly told CBC.

      A lawyer and former Montreal mayoral candidate, Joly was elected in Ahuntsic-Cartierville. Her main opponent was incumbent Maria Mourani, who left the Bloc Québécois to join the NDP.