Layton: Canadian primetime for Canadians

Opposition party leader speaks at Quebec City rally

TORONTO -- Opposition NDP party leader Jack Layton on Tuesday demanded more primetime slots for Canadian TV shows.

Addressing a Quebec City rally midway through Canada's federal election campaign, Layton said that, if elected prime minister, he will introduce regulations to give Canadian TV series preference over U.S. imports in primetime.

"We've got to begin that project by protecting and promoting the artists themselves -- the people who actually create the television, the film, the performance, the visual art," Layton said.

Canadian actors held a rally in Montreal on Tuesday, and another is planned for Wednesday in Toronto. They will protest $45 million in cuts to arts subsidies, which includes domestic film and TV funding, recently imposed by the governing Conservative party.

Canadians go to the polls Oct. 14.