(a) Following the end of Mr. Barney Danson's term as chair in June 2000, the Canadian War Museum advisory committee evolved into two committees, the Canadian War Museum committee, a committee of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, CMCC, Board of Trustees, and the Canadian War Museum advisory council, a committee established to provide advice to the director of the Canadian War Museum. On March 11, 2001, at a meeting of the board's Canadian War Museum committee, all options for the location of the new museum were discussed.
The Canadian War Museum advisory council's membership was confirmed in April 2001 and a meeting of this council was held on April 28, during which site options were discussed.
(b) The choice of LeBreton Flats as the location of the new Canadian War Museum was made because the LeBreton site, close to Parliament Hill and in the heart of the National Capital, will make the museum more accessible to the Canadian public and to the many tourists that visit the National Capital Region. It is anticipated that construction of the Canadian War Museum on LeBreton Flats will result in a substantial increase in attendance and visibility.
(c) The land at Rockcliffe originally identified for construction of the Canadian War Museum will be transferred to the Canada Lands Company.
(d) (i) Funds generated through the Friends of the Canadian War Museum campaign will be directed to exhibitions and programming on the LeBreton Flats site. Construction costs for the new museum will be funded by the federal government.
(ii) The raising of private sector funds by volunteer organizations for the development of museological exhibitions and programming is common practice in federal, provincial, municipal and international sectors and is completely consistent with federal government policies.
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