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Meeting No. 33
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage met in camera at 3:32 p.m. this day, in Room 228, The Valour Building, the Chair, Gordon Brown, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Gordon Brown, Hon. Stéphane Dion, Rick Dykstra, Jim Hillyer, Pierre Nantel, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Kennedy Stewart, John Weston, Terence Young and David Yurdiga.


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

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

It was agreed, — That a proposed budget in the amount of $700, for the study of Bill S-218, An Act respecting National Fiddling Day, be adopted.


It was agreed, — That the Committee conduct a study of dance in Canada, over a course of no more than six meetings to take place beginning with our first meeting in May in order to inform the Committee of the importance of dance in Canada:

a) in defining and expressing various aspects of Canadian culture, reflecting the society in which we live by telling Canadian stories;

b) to young Canadians in nurturing and developing their physical and musical skills, as well as transferable skills such as discipline, focus and team work. With special reference to the health benefits derived from dance;

c) as a cultural industry to local economies and our national economy, with reference to skills development, employment and economic impact;

d) with reference to how the federal government supports dance in Canada and how it might strengthen its support to:

• encourage talented young dancers to pursue careers in dance;

• encourage our best dancers to stay in Canada; and

• assist dancers whose performance careers are limited (similar to high-performance athletes), prepare and retrain for a second career.


It was agreed, — That, in relation to the study of the Canadian feature film industry, members submit their proposed witness list including contact information to the Clerk by the end of the day on Friday, February 20, 2015.


At 4:03 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Cynara Corbin
Clerk of the Committee

2015/02/19 10:11 a.m.