Social Affairs, Science and Technology – December 4, 2013

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Social Affairs, Science and Technology – December 4, 2013

Heritage Minister Shelly Glover briefs senators on Bill C-7, which would rename the Canadian Museum of Civilization as the Canadian Museum of History. The museum is the country’s largest and is located in Gatineau, Quebec. The transformation is expected to cost $25 million from Canadian Heritage’s budget and will be completed for the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

Canadian Museum of Civilization president Mark O’Neill and Canadian Museums Association executive director John McAvity express their support of the legislation during the second part of the meeting. Their colleagues David Morrison and Audrey Vermette also respond to questions.

Senators then hear from a panel of witnesses who oppose the change. Lorne Holyoak, president of the Canadian Anthropology Society, Dominique Marshall, president of the Canadian Historical Association, and Rosa Barker, professional officer of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, provide their thoughts. (December 4, 2013)

UPDATE: Bill C-7 received royal assent on December 12.