(CEP News) Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says if he is re-elected next month, he will bring in a new children's arts tax credit and expand the reach of the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). Harper told an Ottawa news conference he will provide the same kind of tax treatment for arts training that the government already offers families with children involved in sports programs. In addition, he said the new arts tax credit and the fitness tax credit will be made fully refundable so lower income families will receive cash payments if their incomes are too low to qualify for tax credits. "Giving working families a break is one of the most important Conservative priorities," Harper said. The prime minister also promised to expand the RESP program to allow charities and not-for-profit organizations to establish savings plans for children from low-income families in partnership with parents.I am not sure tax credits is a substitute for - let's say - providing universal access to arts education in schools.... but you have to start somewhere!