Mr. Bill Tupper (Nepean-Carleton):
Mr. Speaker, the National Arts Centre is one of Canada's great national and cultural institutions with an outstanding international reputation. A search committee seeking a new Director General at the National Arts Centre recently announced that the nomination for the Director General post would be the bilingual career diplomat, Mr. Ian Clarke, to be assisted by the skilled and accomplished former Stratford Festival Chief, Mr. Robin Phillips, as Artistic Director, and assisted by a francophone Business Manager.
That triumvirate would have served as an elegant choice to manage the National Arts Centre. I am dismayed to learn that the Governing Board of the National Arts Centre did not accept these recommendations.
Clearly it is important that the new directorship reflect Canada's heritage. At the same time it is important that a cultural institution such as that which reaches out to all Canadians be run by a management chosen on the basis of merit.
Subtopic: GOVERNING BOARD-SELECTION OF NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL