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House of Commons – Official Languages

Comments on funding to Official Languages October 5th, 2012 Mr. Royal Galipeau (Ottawa—Orléans, CPC):  Mr. Speaker, this fall marks the end of a series of cross-Canada consultations on official languages, ably carried out by the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. I had the pleasure of participating in two of the 23 round tables that took place across our beautiful and vast country. These round tables have presented an opportunity for the government to highlight that our roadmap for 2008-13 has had its budget increased by 40% in comparison to the last—the largest...

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House of Commons – Bill C-427 Reflecting the Realities of Canadian Artists Act, Tyrone Benskin, NDP

Introduction of Private Members Bill C-427 and Responses in the House of Commons September 26th, 2012 Mr. Tyrone Benskin (Jeanne-Le Ber, NDP)  Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate you on your new position. Having sought your counsel a number of times, I cannot think of anyone better to follow in the previous Deputy Speaker’s footsteps. I am more than pleased to stand in the House today as an artist and member of the House to speak to this bill. It is neither a new idea nor a particularly brilliant idea in and of itself, but it is an important idea. Bill C-427, my private...

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Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage – Main Estimates 2012-13 Study – Libraries and Archives

Hon. James Moore answers questions on the changes to Library and Archives Canada May 29th, 2012 Mr. Pierre Nantel: Yesterday at noon, I met with archivists who told a different story that was not very positive—perhaps it wasn’t as negative as what popcorn sellers in movie theatres may say. They said that the cuts were actually very substantial. They didn’t understand because, to a very clear question I asked you on May 17—I believe—regarding what would happen with all those archives, you, Mr. Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage, said that digitalization was the way of...

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Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage – Main Estimates 2012-13 Study – Bill C-11

Bill C-11 May 29th, 2012 Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, NDP) Absolutely. In addition, you talked about the copyright legislation, Bill C-11. Honestly, I want to ask you the question again: what do you suggest to artists who will have lost $20 million to broadcasters? What do you suggest to them? Hon. James Moore: I would say that Bill C-11 is a fair and responsible piece of legislation that has been debated here, in the House of Commons, for over two years. That bill makes piracy illegal. What hurts artists the most are people who steal from them using their computers....

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Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage – Main Estimates 2012-13 Study – Funding to Crown Corporations

Impact of the 2012-13 Main Estimates on the CBC and other Crown Corporations May 29th, 2012 Mr. Paul Calandra: One of the other main elements of the economic action plan was a reduction in funding for the CBC. We heard from the CBC president some time ago about their 2015 plan. I wonder if you could comment on some of the rationale for the reduction and whether they still, in your estimation, will have the ability to implement their plan. Hon. James Moore: Yes. CBC is obviously a very important institution for the country in terms of culture, but economically as well. As the minister in...

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Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage – Main Estimates 2012-13 Study – Hon. James Moore

Hon. James Moore’s Comments on the 2012-13 Official Estimates for the Department of Canadian Heritage May 29th, 2012 Hon. James Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages): Thank you, colleagues. I appreciate the invitation. I’m always glad to come here and discuss the budget or whatever issues are on the minds of members of this committee. I appreciate this committee’s work on a number of files. I know over the past few months I and my office have been obviously watching closely what you have all been discussing, and some of the recommendations and thoughts...

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Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates – Department of Canadian Heritage Budget 2012-13 – Canadian Conference of the Arts

Funding Changes to the Canadian Conference of the Arts May 28th, 2012 Mr. Pierre Nantel: Could you tell me about the cultural diversity and arts program that was provided for under the same budget? Mr. Daniel Jean: That program has been in existence for several years. In fact, two organizations have been supported. As you know, Canada is a major leader in adopting the UNESCO Cultural Diversity Convention. That convention has been ratified. Now we have decided to eliminate the program. The two organizations will receive money so that they can make the transition. As we have had a lot of...

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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...

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Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates – 2012-2013 Budget – Libraries and Archives

Budget Effects on Library and Archive Jobs May 28th, 2012 Answers by Daniel Jean and René Bouchard Hon. John McCallum (Markham—Unionville, Lib.): I’d like to focus a bit on the Library and Archives. There’s a CBC story suggesting that I think 400 people have received notice that they will be losing their jobs—that 20% of the workforce is to be let go. Archival collections in various departments are going to be closed down altogether. I wonder if you could confirm whether this is correct. What is the state of the cuts, in both dollar terms and jobs? Mr. Daniel Jean: In the...

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Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates – Canadian Heritage 2012-13 Main Estimates

Canadian Heritage Budget, Cuts and Priorities   May 28th, 2012   Daniel Jean, Deputy-Minister witness   Total Budget of Canadian Heritage In the 2012-13 main estimates, the total budget for the Department of Canadian Heritage is $1.28 billion. This consists of $202.8 million in operating expenditures and $1.078 billion in grants and contributions. The 2011-12 main estimates totalled $1.14 billion last year. Of this amount, $209.7 million was for operating expenditures and $933.6 million for grants and contributions. The 2012-13 funding level shows a net increase of $137.3...

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