Mr. Speaker, during the past several months Canada's heritage minister has been building an international alliance to strengthen national cultures.
Under her leadership, Canada was entrusted with housing a permanent liaison office for the contact group of the International Network on Cultural Policy.
Canada will also host the first world summit on arts and cultural institutions in December 2000.
Recently the minister presided over a round table on culture and creativity in the face of globalization. These efforts are increasing international awareness of the need to protect and enhance Canadian and other world cultures.
I urge the minister to keep this momentum going and to continue to defend cultural diversity in this era of globalization.