Evidence of meeting #6 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 1812.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Daniel Jean  Deputy Minister, Department of Canadian Heritage
  • Nicole Bourget  Assistant Deputy Minister, Sport, Major Events and Regions, Department of Canadian Heritage

10:10 a.m.

Conservative

Rodney Weston Saint John, NB

Well, I don't know if it's a good deal or not....

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Conservative

Rodney Weston Saint John, NB

I'll be quick.

I appreciate the minister's comments around the Bay of Fundy. Obviously we're doing everything we can to bring attention to what's happening right now with VoteMyFundy. With regard to the Bay of Fundy, I know that the committee heard from representatives here on Tuesday. With the Bay of Fundy and the seven wonders of nature, there has been a lot of collaboration among different levels of government and different private sector and community sector groups.

I guess what I'm wondering about with regard to the 150th celebration is what sorts of consultations you are doing with the provinces, the municipalities, and the community sector. Can you outline that briefly for us?

10:10 a.m.

Deputy Minister, Department of Canadian Heritage

Daniel Jean

With the provinces, an initial discussion took place at the federal-provincial-territorial meeting of ministers of culture last year. They brought in a keynote speaker, Mr. Thorsell, former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, who was actually very much involved in 1967 when he was young. We certainly plan to continue to engage with provinces and territories in what they'd like to see in terms of commemorating 2017.

As the minister said earlier, there will certainly be a process of engagement with our various stakeholders and our various partners to see what thematics and what things people would like to see in the context of commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Canada.

10:10 a.m.

Conservative

Rodney Weston Saint John, NB

When you talked to the provinces, was there any discussion around a commitment of funds? Looking at the projects that we're talking about here, we can see that there could be dollars expended. Was there a recognition that there could be a contribution required from the provinces as well?

10:10 a.m.

Deputy Minister, Department of Canadian Heritage

Daniel Jean

Yes. Our experience in working with provinces on many of these commemorations is that they're always prepared to bring their funds to the table as well. Working together, we're able to achieve more.

As I said earlier in regard to the example of the War of 1812, there was $28 million, with $76 million leveraged altogether. You have some of these provinces, of course, who have locations for some of these milestones, whether it's Charlottetown or Quebec for the conferences, and there are others.

So yes, there will be discussions with provinces on how we can make sure that we put our resources together and achieve more.

10:10 a.m.

Conservative

Rodney Weston Saint John, NB

Thank you.

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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Conservative

The Chair Rob Moore

Thank you, Mr. Weston.

Mr. Nantel.

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NDP

Pierre Nantel Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, QC

My colleagues spoke about the 375th anniversary of Montreal and I would like to know whether cooperation could be considered. I am thinking of an advertisement highlighting the 375th anniversary of Montreal that would read, at the bottom of the page, "with the cooperation of Canada - 150 years." Could we consider this type of cooperation and even consider that some of the funds for the 150th anniversary would be allocated to the 375th anniversary and that it would be integrated into the concept?

10:10 a.m.

Deputy Minister, Department of Canadian Heritage

Daniel Jean

As the minister explained, our programs enable us to commemorate important anniversaries, including those of cities. We are certainly going to consult representatives of the City of Montreal to look at what can be done for the 375th anniversary. It is important that we be able to focus on all the major anniversaries leading up to 2017 to create momentum around the 150th anniversary. We are going to hold talks with the City of Montreal, as we are going to do with other cities across the country. But we are working within a difficult fiscal framework. So we are going to try as much as possible to stay within our current budget.

10:15 a.m.

NDP

Pierre Nantel Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, QC

You've said that twice already, and I'm a little concerned. Can we anticipate a transfer of funds? This is what you seem to be telling us.

10:15 a.m.

Deputy Minister, Department of Canadian Heritage

Daniel Jean

No, not at all. I simply want to point out that we have $1 billion for general programming. This includes our programs on official languages, on arts and culture, and so on. When there are anniversaries, through this programming and based on the criteria and existing programs, we can always inject funds into the channels for important commemorations. It could be the 150th anniversary or important events that will take place leading up to it.

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NDP

Pierre Nantel Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, QC

In other words, your department doesn't have an additional envelope for these celebrations.

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Deputy Minister, Department of Canadian Heritage

Daniel Jean

It is too early to discuss a possible additional envelope for 2017.

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NDP

Pierre Nantel Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, QC

Okay.