STANDING COMMITTEE ON CANADIAN HERITAGE
For immediate release
Heritage Committee Calls for New and Innovative Strategies for Culture
Ottawa, 10 June 1999 -- The House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage today presented its report A Sense of Place, A Sense of Being. The Report examines the evolving role of the federal government in support of Canadian culture. "Because of the magnitude of the task and the issues involved, we decided to focus our work on three challenges facing Canadian culture as we enter a new millennium: the rapid pace of demographic change, the exponential evolution of communication technologies, and the globalization of economies and trade," explained Clifford Lincoln, M.P. for Lac-Saint-Louis and Chair of the Committee.
Having heard from a large number of Canadians over the past three years, the Committee organized its report in an innovative manner that breaks from past studies. It looks at culture from the perspective of key elements of cultural activity -- creation, training, production, distribution and consumption -- and makes 43 recommendations which call for better co-operation between federal departments and other orders of government. The report's recommendations also capture the importance Canadians place in the role of the Government of Canada in the promotion, protection and support of our culture and its federal cultural instruments and institutions.
The Committee wishes to thank all those who submitted briefs and appeared at meetings across the country for their contributions to the report. "We tried to express as faithfully as we could the depth of views and feelings Canadians hold for our cultural heritage and, above all, we hope that our report will convey the determination that they expressed for protecting and promoting our cultural identity," added Mr. Lincoln.
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Members of the Committee: Clifford Lincoln, Chair, M.P. for Lac-Saint-Louis; Mauril Bélanger, M.P. for Ottawa-Vanier; Paul Bonwick, M.P. for Simcoe-Grey; Sarmite Bulte, M.P. for Parkdale-High Park; Maurice Dumas, M.P. for Argenteuil--Papineau, John Godfrey, M.P. for Don Valley West; Joe Jordan, M.P. for Leeds-Grenville; Raymond Lavigne, M.P. for Verdun--Saint-Henri; Wendy Lill, M.P. for Darmouth; Eric Lowther, M.P. for Calgary Centre; Inky Mark, Vice-Chair, M.P. for Dauphin Swan River; Ted McWhinney, Vice-Chair, M.P. for Vancouver Quadra; Dennis Mills, M.P. for Broadview-Greenwood; Mark Muise, M.P. for West Nova; Jim Pankiw, M.P. for Saskatoon-Humboldt and Caroline St-Hilaire, M.P. for Longueuil.
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Clifford Lincoln, M.P. for Lac-Saint-Louis
Chair of the Committee
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