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View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
Thank you to all the witnesses.
Our chair has gotten us all used to always giving priority to witnesses who appear by video conference, in case we lose the signal due to a technical problem. So I'm going to ask you a question right now, Mr. Palmer.
It was interesting to hear you talk about your journey, how it started and how the Canada Council has helped you at various stages. You also gave us a good explanation of the difficulties you encountered. I think the adventure of puppet shows in the trunk of your old Volvo was really great.
Do you feel that the Canada Council's programs have evolved in a way that reflects reality?
The Canada Council for the Arts wanted to revise its programs and also received this incredible manna that allowed it to meet the needs and ambitions of artists.
In today's market, there is a lot of electronic competition, and fewer companies. Indeed, companies are finding it increasingly difficult to provide for themselves. Here, I am thinking, among other things, of record companies and the fact that artists are becoming more autonomous.
In this context, do you have the impression that the Canada Council for the Arts has been able to modernize over the years?
I would also like to hear the opinions of Mr. Stacey and Ms. Tracey.
This may have been a strange time to receive twice as much money, just as the Canada Council for the Arts was redesigning its network. I think you made that point, Mr. Stacey.
Is the evolution keeping pace with creators' needs?
Do you think it was an odd time to get all that money, while they were redesigning the organization?
View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
That's great news.
Ms. Tracey, I understand you work in the field of children's theatre.
View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
The Canada Council for the Arts has obviously sought to adjust its new funding programs, particularly for First Nations. I'm a little off topic, but I'd like to know if children's theatre is part of a subdivision of the six grant programs and if it receives special attention from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Mr. Stacey, I believe that getting such a fantastic budget increase at a time when you're redesigning the system is almost like receiving a poisoned gift. I'd like you to come back to that.
View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I want to thank all the witnesses.
Ms. Sundstrom, thank you for your expertise and objectivity.
Mr. Shields, I completely share your concerns about the distribution of funding and how the distribution can be interpreted. The Canada Council for the Arts obviously appears to be providing less money to Alberta. However, it seems that this outcome is the result of various factors. Ms. Sundstrom tried to explain it properly. I'm pleased about this, because I honestly feel uncomfortable with the fact that we're taking advantage of the presence of witnesses in this study to build a case regarding the lack of funding in Alberta. I hope that Mr. Boissonnault and I can talk about this again in a few years.
The figures show that the Canada Council for the Arts gives less money to Alberta. However, I believe that there are reasons for this. We certainly have some issues to resolve, but I think we were a little overzealous.
Thank you, Ms. Sundstrom.
Mr. Jain and Mr. Lightwala, I hope to have the opportunity to speak to you, because I completely share Mr. Shields' enthusiasm for your analysis. I think that you perfectly described the modernity that we should aspire to. You're right to say that this model is Eurocentric. I'm pleased to see that the council has made the necessary adjustments.
I'll now turn to the representatives of the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française.
I realize that we don't want to rob Peter to pay Paul. We should be able to trust that the size of the budget allocated to the council will support new theatrical traditions in Canada, such as the pieces presented by Mr. Lightwala and Mr. Jain.
I'm also grateful to you for clearly reminding us that if artists exhibit their work in a cultural centre that operates as a non-profit organization, it's not because the artists aren't good enough for a professional centre. Instead, the location is the only place in their community where they can exhibit their work. I found that you qualified your assertions.
That said, are you saying that you should have had more support? Do you feel that you received better or worse service in the past? Do the recent structural changes in the council seem promising to you? If not, what are your specific concerns?
View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
Mr. Prescott, do you share that opinion? I imagine that your community doesn't have festivals the size of the event at Massey Theatre, does it?
View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
I'm sorry.
Thank you.
View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Thank you very much to all the witnesses.
I must admit that I was surprised to note that the Canada Council for the Arts did not at least provide a response to what was said yesterday.
Mr. Cardinal, I believe I saw in the news, yesterday or today, that you were up for a Sterling Award. Congratulations.
Do you receive support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for your participation in the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival? Has the Canada Council for the Arts provided support to that festival in the past?
View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
Okay, there's no issue.
I was congratulating you because you've just received some Sterling award nominations.
View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
That's really nice, and it concerns your participation in what you wrote for the fringe festival.
View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
How is the fringe festival supported? Is it supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts? Is it supported by the Canada Council for the Arts? You didn't get direct support for your production. Did the festival receive some support from the Canada Council for the Arts?
View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
Yes, I can say that it's a very beautiful story, what you just told us today, knowing of the privilege you had to be surrounded by so many caring people around you, and now you want to bring it back to your community, which is outstanding. I think the work that you are doing is truly outstanding.
View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
My other question will be for CASC.
Mr. Growe, first of all, clearly you have a super talent, because I know how serious you try to be. But there is something that makes us smile, even though you described that your mom is sick—
View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
You mentioned that comedy, be it in French or English, is not a sector that is recognized by the arts council. As a matter of fact, Canadian comedians have very little recognition.
I mean, we all love to laugh with you. We all enjoy a good time. We all enjoy a good Tuesday night on CBC with the comedy shows that we have. However, there is a lack of recognition of the.... Clearly, in Quebec there is more recognition, because of the school, École nationale de l'humour.
We've heard many of your arguments, but what would make things easier for you to be recognized by all money funders and the arts council?
View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
I'm sorry about that.
Thank you.
View Pierre Nantel Profile
Ind. (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I thank all of our witnesses for being here.
Ms. Préfontaine can understand me well when I speak in French.
Mr. Jackson, you can hear the interpretation.
Ms. Petrov, you understand French, but you can also use the interpretation to English, no problem.
Ms. Préfontaine, your testimony shows all the importance of the theatre, especially when it comes to children. In addition, you provide surtitles, which is a very good idea. You are engaged in cultural mediation in the country in our official languages.
I must absolutely stop here to share with my colleagues my inability to understand the report on copyright submitted by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. I will actually move a motion to that effect.
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