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Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates – War of 1812

Funding to the War of 1812 Celebrations

May 28th, 2012

Hon. John McCallum:

Can you tell me how much money the government is spending to commemorate the War of 1812?

Mr. Daniel Jean:

Yes. I think it’s $27 million. It’s over three years.

Hon. John McCallum:

Maybe this is a political question that you’re not prepared to answer, but I find it a bit strange that we’re spending $27 million to commemorate the War of 1812, which has little impact on Canadians—or Canadians have little memory of it, that’s for sure—and we’re spending nothing on the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Can you say anything about that choice?

Mr. Daniel Jean:

I think that would definitely be a question for the minister.