Minister of Canadian Heritage

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Minister of Canadian Heritage
Incumbent
Shelly Glover

since 15 July 2013
Department of Canadian Heritage
Style The Honourable
Member of
Appointer Governor General of Canada
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder Sheila Copps
Formation 12 July 1996
Website www.canadianheritage.gc.ca
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The Minister of Canadian Heritage (French: Ministre du Patrimoine canadien) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who heads the Department of Canadian Heritage, the federal government department responsible for Canada's Arts, Culture, Media, Communications network, and Sport.

The position was created in 1996 to combine the posts of Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship and Minister of Communications. The "Status of Women" was merged from the Minister responsible for the Status of Women in 2006. In 2008, the Status of Women portfolio was transferred to a Minister of State.

The present Minister of Canadian Heritage is the Hon. Shelly Glover.

List of Ministers[edit]

Key:

No. Name (Portfolio) Term of office Political party Ministry
1 Sheila Copps
(Canadian Heritage)
July 12, 1996 December 11, 2003 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
2 Hélène Scherrer
(Canadian Heritage)
December 12, 2003 July 19, 2004 Liberal 27 (Martin)
3 Liza Frulla
(Canadian Heritage)
July 20, 2004 February 5, 2006 Liberal
4 Bev Oda
(Canadian Heritage and Status of Women)
February 6, 2006 August 14, 2007 Conservative 28 (Harper)
5 Josée Verner
(Canadian Heritage and Status of Women)
August 14, 2007 October 29, 2008 Conservative
6 James Moore
(Canadian Heritage and Official Languages)
October 30, 2008 July 15, 2013 Conservative
7 Shelly Glover
(Canadian Heritage and Official Languages)
July 15, 2013 Incumbent Conservative

Responsibilities[edit]

Prior to 2003, their responsibilities included National Parks and historic sites.

Currently, the Minister of Canadian Heritage is responsible for the Department of Canadian Heritage as well as:

The Minister's general powers, duties, and functions are set out by section 4 of the Department of Canadian Heritage Act,[1] which provides as follows:

4. (1) The powers, duties and functions of the Minister extend to and include all matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction, not by law assigned to any other department, board or agency of the Government of Canada, relating to Canadian identity and values, cultural development and heritage.
(2) The Minister’s jurisdiction referred to in subsection (1) encompasses, but is not limited to, jurisdiction over
(a) the promotion of a greater understanding of human rights, fundamental freedoms and related values;
(b) multiculturalism;
(c) the arts, including cultural aspects of the status of the artist;
(d) cultural heritage and industries, including performing arts, visual and audio-visual arts, publishing, sound recording, film, video and literature;
(e) national battlefields;
(f) the encouragement, promotion and development of sport;
(g) the advancement of the equality of status and use of English and French and the enhancement and development of the English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada;
(h) state ceremonial and Canadian symbols;
(i) broadcasting, except in respect of spectrum management and the technical aspects of broadcasting;
(j) the formulation of cultural policy, including the formulation of cultural policy as it relates to foreign investment and copyright;
(k) the conservation, exportation and importation of cultural property; and
(l) national museums, archives and libraries.

In addition, sections 42 to 44 of the Official Languages Act confer certain other responsibilities on the Minister of Canadian Heritage[2] (see Minister responsible for Official Languages (Canada)).

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