Evidence of meeting #21 for Canadian Heritage in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was museum.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Meg Beckel  President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Museum of Nature
  • Stuart Murray  President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Mark O'Neill  President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation
  • Marie Chapman  Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
  • Jean-Marc Blais  Vice-President, Exhibitions and Programs, Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation

12:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Rob Moore

Go ahead, Mr. Murray.

12:30 p.m.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Stuart Murray

Thank you very much for the question.

I'll probably spend a little bit more time on the second one, because since we're not open yet, the relationships.... I just want to say again, though, going back to my experience with world junior hockey, the success of it was because of the smaller communities. The passion was just so incredible. It was such a great success. So to your point, it's something we must look at and learn from and make sure we're exploring.

We've had some great success, frankly, on the partnerships we have with Canada, Manitoba, and the City of Winnipeg. The private sector has raised $130 million for our projects so far, and continues to raise money as we require it.

I think the recommendation I possibly would give is to get the private sector, the volunteers, to drive this. When it's driven from the community, then you have that grassroots movement. We've seen that. We've experienced it.

So I believe that's really the great model, and certainly we'd be happy to share anything that we've learned from it. We're not perfect, but I think we have some great experience in it.

12:30 p.m.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Museum of Nature

Meg Beckel

Thank you for the question.

As my colleagues have said, we currently are part of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. This is an organization...[Technical difficulty--Editor]...natural history collections, and that is our vector for connecting with the small museums.

We don't cover all subject matters, just those that do have natural history collections. We're finding that is a great way to share resources, to share best practices, and also to create a network to share small travelling exhibits that people can afford to host. A small exhibit for us can be a major exhibit for some of the smaller communities. So that's something that we will think about, and about how we build these small Arctic traveller exhibits to make it affordable for the smaller institutions across Canada.

In terms of public-private partnerships, what we are hoping to do is to build our base of support from individual philanthropists. We find that corporate support is something that you build based on subject matter interest, but it's the individual philanthropy that is critical to our future. Anything the government could do to encourage individual philanthropy, whether it's through considering such things as the stretch tax credit, which I know is in discussion right now, or anything that provides that additional incentive for individuals to consider giving more than they otherwise would....

Of course, we would then leverage that throughout the 2017 program buildup, because this is an opportunity for individuals, especially, to get engaged with their museums and the stories that the museums can tell across Canada.

I think as my colleague Mark O'Neill mentioned, we are working together and helping each other as we build our 2017 plans. Although our subject matters may be different, we all can help each other with our own. For example, the Museum of Nature will reach out to Parks Canada, to NSERC, to the National Film Board, to the Museum of Civilization—to anyone who can really help us tell our story.

So thank you for the question.

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Rob Moore

I'm sorry, Mr. Calandra, but your time is up now.

I'm sure we'll get in another question for you, Ms. Chapman.

Mr. Cash.

12:35 p.m.

NDP

Andrew Cash Davenport, ON

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

I'll just let you know that I'm going to share my time with Madame Boutin-Sweet.

Thank you so much for being here. What a phenomenal presentation. It's so inspiring to listen to people who are so inspired by the work they do. This is one of the great privileges we have as committee members here in heritage—to receive testimony from deeply engaged Canadians about the issues that sometimes don't get the front page of the Globe and Mail but are vitally important to the fabric of our country: the telling of our stories. So thank you so much.

I would like to repeat what the chair said and apologize for the delay in this committee, and I would just ask for one more minute of your indulgence.

I would like to table a notice of motion, Mr. Chair, that this committee study what we call “over-the-top” online commercial video and audio services. This is an issue that, as many of us know, the outgoing chair of the CRTC raised as something we very much need to address.

We think this is something we need to address now, or at the—

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

Paul Calandra Oak Ridges—Markham, ON

Point of order.

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Rob Moore

Mr. Calandra has a point of order.

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

Paul Calandra Oak Ridges—Markham, ON

I believe we have ten minutes scheduled at the end of the meeting for committee business, so perhaps we can get on with the questioning and he can table that then.

12:35 p.m.

NDP

Andrew Cash Davenport, ON

If I may, Mr. Chair, we'd like to just make sure this is on the record, which is why we are presenting a notice of motion now. We don't know whether the committee business is going to be on the record or not.

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

Paul Calandra Oak Ridges—Markham, ON

I suggest then we proceed to a vote right now on this particular motion.

12:35 p.m.

NDP

Andrew Cash Davenport, ON

On this notice of motion?

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

Paul Calandra Oak Ridges—Markham, ON

Absolutely.

12:35 p.m.

NDP

Andrew Cash Davenport, ON

A notice of motion, as I understand it—

12:35 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Rob Moore

Mr. Cash, we have your notice of motion, so you have five minutes left.

12:35 p.m.

NDP

Andrew Cash Davenport, ON

Thank you.

I'd like to pass my five minutes over to Madame Boutin-Sweet.