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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on 
Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Issue No. 40 - Minutes of Proceedings - February 28, 2018

OTTAWA, Wednesday, February 28, 2018


The Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade met this day at 4:23 p.m., in room 160- S, Centre Block, the chair, the Honourable A. Raynell Andreychuk, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Andreychuk, Ataullahjan, Bovey, Cools, Cordy, Dawson, Greene, Housakos, Massicotte, Ngo and Oh (11).

Other senator present: The Honourable Senator Cormier (1).

In attendance: Marion Ménard, Nadia Faucher and Chantal Beaubien, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on October 26, 2017, the committee continued its study on the impact and utilization of Canadian culture and arts in Canadian foreign policy and diplomacy, and other related matters. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 34)


Library and Archives Canada:

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada.

The Writers' Union of Canada:

John Degen, Executive Director.

The National Ballet of Canada:

Barry Hughson, Executive Director.

Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, Mexico:

Carlos Enríquez Verdura, Chargé d'Affaires of Culture, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Special Projects (by video conference).

The chair made a statement.

Mr. Berthiaume made a statement.

Mr. Degen made a statement.

Mr. Hughson made a statement and, together with Mr. Berthiaume and Mr. Degen, answered questions.

At 5:21 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 5:27 p.m., the committee resumed.

The chair made a statement.

Mr. Enríquez made a statement and answered questions.

At 6:08 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Marie-Eve Belzile
Clerk of the Committee