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Senate of Canada, Senator James S. Cowan on the Closure of the Canadian Conference of the Arts

Why did the government not at least provide a reasonable period of time to allow the Canadian Conference of the Arts to transition to a new funding model? October 31st, 2012 Hon. James S. Cowan (Leader of the Opposition): Honourable senators, my question is also for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Yesterday, the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the largest national alliance of the arts, culture and heritage sector in Canada, announced that it will be shutting its doors after 67 years. Since 1965, that organization has received a portion of its funding from Canadian Heritage, but...

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House of Commons, MP Andrew Cash on the Canadian Conference of the Arts

Andrew Cash’s Question on the Closure of the Canadian Conference of the Arts and the Nature of Cultural Funding October 30th, 2012 Mr. Andrew Cash (Davenport, NDP):  Mr. Speaker, there are two sets of rules governing arts and culture: one if the artists are liked by the Conservatives, and one if they are not. The Canadian Conference of the Arts is the latest example. When the minister does not like an art exhibit or an organization or the name of a rock band, an unmistakeable chill gets sent out across the land. Canada is big, complex and diverse. Do we really want to have our arts and...

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House of Commons, MP Pierre Nantel on the Canadian Conference of the Arts

Pierre Nantel’s Question in the House of Commons on the Closure of the Canadian Conference of the Arts October 30th, 2012 Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, NDP):  Mr. Speaker, the demise of the Canadian Conference of the Arts is directly related to its critical opinion of the controversial copyright reform. When the organization shared the concerns of artists from across the country, it suddenly lost its funding. The transitional assistance provided and the time allocated for the transition were insufficient, which was fatal for the organization. The Canadian Conference of...

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House of Commons, Changing the Name of the Trans Canada Trail

MP Pierre Nantel Questions the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Choice to Rename the Trans Canada Trail to the Queen’s Jubilee Trail October 22, 2012 Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, NDP):  Mr. Speaker, after rechristening the Ottawa River Parkway and the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the government now wants to spend even more taxpayer money to rename a key part of Canadian heritage. The Conservatives want to rename the Trans Canada Trail the Queen’s Jubilee Trail. How far will they take this unconditional love? Are they going to change the flag and our...

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House of Commons, Questions on the Aftermath of the CRTC Decision for Bell Astral

MP Francoise Boivin asks “Does the minister agree that media concentration is a serious concern?” October 19th, 2012 Ms. Françoise Boivin (Gatineau, NDP):  Mr. Speaker, yesterday in delivering its landmark decision on the proposed Bell takeover of Astral Media, the CRTC underscored the vital importance of media diversity in Canada. The reality is that the number of voices in Canada’s media market has been shrinking in recent years, impacting consumer choice and competition. As the CRTC put it, this is not in the interests of Canadians. Does the minister agree that media...

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House of Commons, Pierre Nantel’s Question to the Minister of Heritage on Budget Changes

MP Pierre Nantel asks, “Why make cuts to the archives to change the purpose of such a popular museum?” October 17th, 2012 Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, NDP):  Mr. Speaker, while his department has to make do with a budget that has been cut by $200 million, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages is going to spend $25 million to change what? He is going to change a winning formula—that of the most popular museum in the country—something that, obviously, nobody wants. The current Canadian Museum of Civilization already focuses a large...

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MP Scott Simms, Liberal Heritage Critic, Comments on the Museum of Civilization’s name change

October 16th, 2012 “This government has decided that the Museum of Civilization will no longer focus on world history, and instead will concentrate on the historical events and symbols that best fit with their narrative. The Conservatives must not use this change in mandate as an excuse to turn the museum into a subsidiary of the Conservative Party spin...

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Harper Government Invests in McMichael Canadian Art Collection

From the Department of Canadian Heritage Newsroom October 5, 2012 Investments in arts and heritage by the Government of Canada will increase tourism, create jobs and benefit residents and visitors. Support for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection was announced today by the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister for International Cooperation and Member of Parliament (Vaughan), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. This investment will support the redesign and upgrade of the museum’s three art collection storage vaults. New...

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Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, National Philanthropy Day

October 16th, 2012, The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage met with Sen. Terry M. Mercer to discuss Bill S-201 – An Act respecting a National Philanthropic Day.

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House of Commons, Why do the Conservatives want to politicize history?

Changes to the Canadian Museum of Civilization October 16th, 2012 Mr. Louis Plamondon (Bas-Richelieu—Nicolet—Bécancour, BQ): Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives definitely love history, especially when it can be altered to suit their interpretation. Why bother with reality when symbols will do? The Conservatives are spending tens of millions of dollars to celebrate a war that took place 200 years ago—they are exaggerating its importance, especially to francophones—and now they are changing the mandate and the name of one of the top museums, located in Quebec, in order to glorify the...

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