2014 04 17
Statement from Pierre Nantel on Canadian lineup at the Cannes Film Festival
The Official Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage, Pierre Nantel (Longueuil--Pierre-Boucher) made the following statement regarding the Cannes Film Festival selections:

On behalf of all New Democrats, I would like to congratulate the three Canadian filmmakers whose movies were officially selected for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

 Canadian cinema is highly acclaimed on the international stage as a result of the passion, talent, vision and dedication of our filmmakers. That the films of David Cronenberg, Xavier Dolan and Atom Egoyan have been selected demonstrates once again the extraordinary quality of Canadian filmmaking.  Regardless of the results, their participation in this prestigious festival is a source of pride for the entire country.

 I know this recognition will continue to inspire Canadian filmmakers to push the boundaries of their art form and should remind the current government that it has a role to play in improving the visibility and sustainability of our cultural diversity. 

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Thomas Mulcair