Cultural diversity

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La Convention sur la diversité culturelle : "un outil pour protéger notre culture, mais aussi pour lui permettre de rayonner sur la scène internationale"

Mme Liza Frulla, ministre fédérale du Patrimoine canadien, Ottawa, le 9 septembre 2004 - 2004/09/09

Further to Statistics Canada’s publication of new data on international trade in cultural services, Ms Frulla stresses that this type of initiative would be impossible if culture became a mere trade good. In this regard, she states: «This is the reason why it is so important to have a convention on cultural diversity. This convention could establish clear rules that enable Canada and other countries to maintain policies aimed at promoting culture. We must equip ourselves with a tool that not only protects our culture, but also gives it an international presence. Canada is open to the cultures of the world. We also want the world to remain open to our culture. The Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions is currently under study. The Government of Canada, its provincial/territorial partners and civil society are working together to win the support of other countries so that the Convention may be adopted as scheduled in the fall of 2005». (Available in French and English) [73]