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February 25, 2010 18:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Salon du Livre de l'Outaouais

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa–Orléans), today announced funding for the Salon du livre de l'Outaouais.

This funding will help offset the cost of promotional material and activities, a portion of salaries, and room rental for the event.

"Our Government is pleased to support this book fair, which is part of our commitment to ensure that Canadians have access to books by Canadian authors in both official languages," said Minister Moore. "The Salon du livre de l'Outaouais offers French writers from the region and across Canada an excellent opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity to readers."

"I congratulate the organizers of the Salon du livre de l'Outaouais for the fine work they do to promote Canadian writers and books at this event," said Mr. Galipeau. "This book fair is a delight for Francophones and all those who want to share the French language and culture in Quebec."

"It is with great pride that I invite you to discover the 31st edition of the Salon du Livre de l'Outaouais," said Mrs. Anne-Marie Trudel, Director General of the Salon. "And I would like to gratefully acknowledge the essential contribution and continued support of the Government of Canada."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $39,000 under the Collective Initiatives component of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP). This program seeks to increase the capacity of the Canadian-owned and -controlled sector of the industry to publish and market Canadian books domestically as well as internationally. The Government of Canada recently renewed the $39.5 million invested annually by BPIDP in Canadian books for five years. As part of this renewal, on April 1, 2010, BPIDP will be renamed the Canada Book Fund to reflect the evolution of its role from being the supporter of a developing industry to strengthening a mature industry that brings Canadian books to readers everywhere.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

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