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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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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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House of Commons, Library and Archives Canada

The Minister of Canadian Heritage answers a question on the role of Archives Canada within the ongoing celebrations of Canadian history October 16th, 2012 Watch Video     Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, NDP): Mr. Speaker, since the Conservatives came to power, they have done their best to undermine Library and Archives Canada. Their cuts and neglect are jeopardizing the preservation of thousands of historic documents. If the Conservatives really love Canadian history, they must protect our archives. This is about our history and our heritage, which must absolutely be...

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House of Commons, Plans for Canadian Heritage and Museums

The Minister for Canadian Heritage Discusses Museum Changes and the Importance of Celebrating Canadian History The 16th of October 2012 Mr. Jim Hillyer (Lethbridge, CPC): Mr. Speaker, Canadians are bound together by a rich cultural diversity and by an inspiring history that points us to an even brighter future. [Translation] This year, 2012, is the start of the five-year countdown to Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. We have an unprecedented opportunity to celebrate our history and the successes that define us and unite us as Canadians. [English] Can the Minister of Canadian Heritage...

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Harper Government to Create the Canadian Museum of History

Department of Canadian Heritage Newsroom GATINEAU, October 16, 2012 The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the Harper Government’s intention to introduce legislation creating the Canadian Museum of History, the first in a series of measures on the road to Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. In order to achieve this, the Harper Government plans to introduce amendments to the Museums Act to change the name and mandate of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Minister Moore made the announcement at the Canadian Museum of Civilization...

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House of Commons, Canadian Museum of Civilization

Questions on the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s name change and new focus   October 15th, 2012   Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we have just heard something rather pathetic. The Conservative propaganda campaign continues. Oh, yes. This time, for no good reason, they have decided to give a new name and mandate to the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau. They could not care less that this is the most popular museum in the country. That does not matter. The NDP loves history and loves the fact that the existing museum covers 20,000...

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