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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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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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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 – 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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Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage – Main Estimates 2012-13 Study – Funding to the Arts

Hon. James Moore speaks to the general importance of funding the arts May 29th, 2012 Mr. Terence Young (Oakville, CPC): Thank you, Chair. Thank you, Minister, for being here today. I want to quote from the remarks we have in front of us that you read today. You said that supporting arts and culture is absolutely essential to keeping our economy on track. I spent a couple of years of my life in the music business, booking and managing bands, etc. I am thinking of how when someone writes a song it leads to economic activity. To give you a brief summary, one person with a guitar or a piano...

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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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