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Fortin (BQ) critical of the Government’s closure of the sole DFO French-language library

Posted In:  Fisheries,  Science & Research
November 27, 2012

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 1st Sess, No 186 (23 November 2012) at 12533.



  • Mr. Speaker, 37 librarians and library technicians from the Lower St. Lawrence and the Gaspé are condemning the closure of the Maurice Lamontagne Institute, the only DFO French-language library. The Conservatives are literally doing away with knowledge.

    French-language reference documents that are useful to Quebec researchers will be sent to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The minister says that they will be digitized and accessible. That is impossible. It is false, because copyright will not allow it. It might be easier for the minister to simply burn the books.

    Will he reverse the decision to close the only French-language library at Fisheries and Oceans, or will he deprive Quebec scientists of high-quality resources?

    Mr. Jean-François Fortin

    Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia, BQ

  • Mr. Speaker, our government is eliminating waste and duplication in government.

    Library users are asking for digital information, so it is only logical that Fisheries and Oceans would accommodate that demand by making its collection available in digital format.

    The library will continue to deliver services in both English and French.

    Hon. Gail Shea

    Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, CPC

  •     I would like to draw attention to the presence in the gallery of the winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

    [English]

        The 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award recipients here today are: France Daigle, Normand Chaurette, Maude Smith Gagnon, Geneviève Billette, Alain Roy, Aline Apostolska, Élise Gravel, Linda Spalding, Ross King, Julie Bruck, Catherine Banks, Nigel Spencer, Susin Nielsen and Isabelle Arsenault.

    The Deputy Speaker

    Hon. Andrew Scheer

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