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Hughes: Cuts To Accessible Book Production Worrying For Small Communities

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Cuts to accessible book production have one Northern MP worried about the educational future for those with disabilities.

Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing NDP MP Carol Hughes says the Liberal government’s decision to spend billions on projects but not include room for $3 million towards the Canadian National Institute for the Blind is disastrous.

Hughes says each of the past few years almost 2,000 books for those in need have been converted by the CNIB.

She says the $3 million budget request from the CNIB was nothing compared to other costs approved within the budget.

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Hughes also says despite signing the Marrakesh Treaty in 2016, it would seem Canada is now prepared to walk away from its obligations, which is worrisome for small communities within her riding.

In response, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Kristy Duncan says the government is working closely with the CNIB to create a long-term strategy for creating accessible materials.

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