Parks Canada

Published on: 28 Jul 2014

The CHA expresses it concerns to Minister Aglukkaq and Parks Canada's CEO

Ottawa, July 28, 2014

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq

Minister of Environment Canada and responsible for Parks Canada
Environment Canada
10, rue Wellington 
Gatineau (Québec)  K1A 0H3

Mr. Alan Latourelle

Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada
Parks Canada
Office of the CEO 
25, rue Eddy 
Gatineau (Québec)  K1A 0M5

Dear Minister,
Dear Chief Executive Office,

The Canadian Historical Association (CHA), which, with its 1,100 members, is the largest association of historians in the country, is concerned by the announcement of further cuts to Parks Canada (Toronto Star, July 13, 2014) in addition to the drastic budget cuts that have had a negative impact on the services offered by the Agency, particularly with respect to educational development, hours of operation, interpretation at historic sites, the preservation of irreplaceable historical sites and services offered in the regions. This is unacceptable, especially since the government has often expressed the wish that Canadians, especially new Canadians, improve their knowledge of the history of the nation. Limiting the hours of operation, the personalized services offered to visitors and the production of teaching materials projected in the current budget cuts threatens key components of the long-term work of the Agency. As professional historians, our members know that without these foundations, the specific commemoration activities that have been given new funding by the government, sums that are far superior to the savings generated by the cuts, will have less of an impact on the historical knowledge of Canadian citizens.

The CHA is also very concerned about the fate of Parks Canada’s infrastructure, which is left to dilapidate (Toronto Star, December 23, 2013). Last April, we sent a message to Mr. Latourelle asking for copy of the report of Opus International Consultants (report commissioned by Parks Canada on the state of its infrastructure).

So far, the message has remained unanswered. Our Executive Director, Michel Duquet, also contacted Parks Canada for a copy of this report in June without success.

Please accept, Dear Minister, Dear CEO, the expression of our highest consideration,

Dominique Marshall
The Canadian Historical Association

Yves Frenette
Advocacy Chair
The Canadian Historical Association

The Minister's Response, 17 July 2015


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