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Meeting No. 61
Monday, April 29, 2013

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage met in camera at 3:31 p.m. this day, in Room 7-52, 131 Queen Street, the Chair, the Hon. Rob Moore, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Ray Boughen, Paul Calandra, Andrew Cash, Matthew Dubé, Hon. Rob Moore, Pierre Nantel, Blake Richards, Scott Simms and Terence Young.


Acting Members present: Peter Braid for Gordon Brown, Garry Breitkreuz for Jim Hillyer and François Lapointe for Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Marion Ménard, Analyst.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That the Committee undertake a thorough and comprehensive review of significant aspects in Canadian history including the following subjects and themes:

  • A breakdown and comparison of relevant standards and courses of study offered in primary and post-secondary institutions in each of the provinces and territories;
  • A review of federal, provincial and municipal programs designed to preserve our history and heritage; and
  • A focus on Canadian history including but not limited to pre-confederation, early confederation, suffrage, World War I, with an emphasis on battles such as Vimy Ridge, World War II including the Liberation of Holland, the Battle of Ortona, Battle of the Atlantic, the Korean conflict, peacekeeping missions, constitutional development, the Afghanistan conflict, early 20th century Canada, post-war Canada, and the late 20th century.

And that emphasis be placed on Canadians’ access to historical information and education, by studying the following topics:

  • How Hansard can be used as a means of preserving important witness testimony and part of the permanent public record;
  • The tools and methods available for Canadians to access and preserve historical content; and
  • The tools and methods available to Canadians to increase their knowledge of Canadian history.

And that the Committee utilize the following information sources in order to undertake this study:

  • Witnesses testimony including firsthand accounts of significant periods;
  • The Committee visit relevant national museums to better understand their efforts at preserving our history and how decisions are made to display our history; and
  • The Committee invite the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the National Film Board and other public ad private broadcasters to discuss their role in preserving important accounts of Canadian history that may be within their collection.

And that the report highlight best practices, new methods and potential opportunities to preserve, protect and enhance Canadians’ knowledge of our history while recommending ways of improving access to our historical collections.


It was agreed, — That the meeting on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 be devoted to the selection of witnesses for the above-mentioned study.


It was agreed, — That the Committee invite the Ambassador of the Netherlands in Canada for one (1) hour and Randy Hoback, M.P. for one (1) hour on Monday, May 6, 2013 in relation to the above-mentioned study.


At 4:00 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Christine Holke David
Clerk of the Committee

2013/05/01 11:18 a.m.