September 20, 2017
MONTREAL, September 18, 2017
Today the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, met with stakeholders such as screenwriters, musicians, artists, publishers and other key players from the creative sector in Montreal to consult with them on NAFTA negotiations. This meeting is part of an ongoing series of NAFTA consultations with Canada’s creative sector by the departments of Canadian Heritage and Global Affairs Canada. Minister Joly heard directly from those in the creative sector, which provides the Government of Canada with the information it needs to engage effectively on NAFTA matters with implications for cultural policies.
When setting out Canada’s objectives for NAFTA negotiations in August, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, stated that in modernizing NAFTA, Canada “will uphold and preserve the elements in NAFTA that Canadians deem key to our national interest” such as the “exception in the agreement to preserve Canadian culture.”