Canada taps new heritage minister

James Moore was radio talk show host

TORONTO -- British Columbia radio talk show host-turned-politician James Moore is Canada's new federal heritage minister, responsible for broadcasting and culture, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday.

Moore replaces Josee Verner, the Quebec MP who is moving over to become minister of intergovernmental affairs.

During the late '90s, Moore hosted his own talk show at Prince George radio station CKPG.

The issue of film and TV production subsidy cuts in culturally sensitive Quebec is widely seen to have denied Harper and his Conservative Party a majority government during a recent federal election.