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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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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, 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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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 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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Finance Committee – Bill C-38 – Museums

Issues regarding Museums Meeting 67: May 31st 2012 Mr. John McAvity (Executive Director, Canadian Museums Association): I’m very pleased to be here, and for a couple of reasons. One reason is that I feel right at home in this room, because this structure, this building we’re in, used to be the Museum of Contemporary Photography. I remember touring it before it was officially opened.   The CMA is very pleased to be here to discuss division 47 of the bill, which includes the amendments for Canada’s travelling exhibitions program.   But first, before I go into...

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