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Meeting No. 19
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage met in a televised session at 3:30 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Gary Ralph Schellenberger, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Charlie Angus, Rod Bruinooge, Dean Del Mastro, Shelly Glover, Nina Grewal, Carole Lavallée, Roger Pomerleau, Pablo Rodriguez, Gary Ralph Schellenberger, Scott Simms and Tim Uppal.


Acting Members present: Hon. Hedy Fry for Ruby Dhalla.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Michael Dewing, Analyst; Marion Ménard, Analyst.


Witnesses: Documentary Network: Jean-Pierre Gariépy, Executive Director; Sylvie Van Brabant, Director-Producer. Documentary Organization of Canada: Lisa Fitzgibbons, General Director; Danijel Margetic, Chair, Advocacy Committee. Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma: Yves Légaré, Director General. Writers Guild of Canada: Maureen Parker, Executive Director; Rebecca Schechter, President. Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec: Claire Samson, President and Chief Executive Officer; Brigitte Doucet, Executive Vice-President. Canadian Film and Television Production Association: Norm Bolen, President and Chief Executive officer; John Barrack, National Executive Vice-President and Counsel. Directors Guild of Canada: Brian Anthony, National Execuive Director and Chief Executive Officer; Grant Buchanan, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Bell Canada Video Group: Mirko Bibic, Senior Vice-President, Regularory and Government Affairs; Christopher Frank, Vice-President, Programming.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, the Committee resumed its study on the evolution of the television industry in Canada and its impact on local communities.

Jean-Pierre Gariépy, Sylvie Van Brabant, Lisa Fitzgibbons, Daniel Margetic, Yves Légaré, Rebecca Schechter and Maureen Parker made statements and, answered questions.


At 4:31 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:35 p.m., the sitting resumed.


Claire Samson, Brigitte Doucet, Norm Bolen, John Barrack and Brian Anthony made statements and, with Grant Buchanan, answered questions.


At 5:33 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 6:37 p.m., the sitting resumed.


Mirko Bibic et Christopher Frank made statements and answered questions.


At 7:13 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Richard Dupuis
Clerk of the Committee

2009/06/02 12:17 p.m.