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Meeting No. 14
Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage met at 3:35 p.m. this day, in Room 209, West Block, the Chair, Gary Schellenberger, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Hon. Jim Abbott, Dave Batters, Hon. Mauril Bélanger, Gord Brown, Ed Fast, Hon. Hedy Fry, Luc Malo, Francis Scarpaleggia, Gary Schellenberger, Hon. Andy Scott and Bill Siksay.


Acting Members present: Meili Faille for Maria Mourani.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Marion Ménard, Analyst; Lara Trehearne, Analyst.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on November 15, 2007, the Committee resumed its study on the Role of a Public Broadcaster in the 21st Century.
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

Bill Siksay moved, — That the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage urgently study the matter of the sale of the international rights to 135 titles from the CBC catalogue to Fireworks International, a division of ContentFilm of the United Kingdom and that the Standing Committee request representatives of the Board and management of CBC/Radio Canada to appear before it the week of February 11 to present their rationale for this sale to a non-Canadian corporation and to outline the process they engaged in this matter, and that representatives of the Canadian Film and TV Producers Association and other interested parties also be invited to appear before the Committee on this matter, and that, if necessary, extra meetings of the Committee be scheduled to facilitate this urgent study.


Mauril Bélanger moved, — That the debate be ajourned.


The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 1.


At 3:39 p.m., the sitting was suspended.


At 3:44 p.m., the Committee resumed sitting in camera.


The Committee resumed consideration of a draft report.


At 5:29 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Catherine Cuerrier, Jacques Lahaie
Clerks of the Committee

2008/02/19 3:18 p.m.