Mr. Speaker, I would like to present, in both official languages, the second report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee considered the Canadian book industry and reports its findings and recommendations.
The book publishing industry is important to Canada. We therefore hope our recommendations can help reinforce that industry.
I thank the members of all parties, the witnesses and all those who submitted briefs, as well as the committee staff for their support.
Mr. Speaker, I also have the honour to present, in both official languages, the third report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
Pursuant to its order of reference dated Tuesday, November 30, 1999, the committee has considered the subject matter of Bill C-224, an act to establish, by the beginning of the 21st century, an exhibit in the Canadian Museum of Civilization to recognize crimes against humanity, as defined by the United Nations, that have been perpetrated during the 20th century, and has agreed to report its findings and recommendations.
A number of the witnesses expressed appreciation of Bill C-224, seeing it as an excellent starting point.
To that end, the committee offers some directions with the potential of providing respectful follow-up to the pursuit of the objectives set out in this bill, which are research, education and honouring the memory of the victims of genocide and crimes against humanity.
The committee expressed its thanks to the hon. member for Brampton Centre for bringing this matter to its attention.