To The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore,
Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
Dear Minister Mitchelmore,
I am writing to express my concern over the planned changes to the Rooms Act, as outlined in Bill 56. These changes are being proposed without the necessary public and stakeholder consultations, as required according to article 10(b) of the current Act and I would respectfully request that this Bill be withdrawn until such time that these consultations can take place.
For an institution of this size and complexity, the specialized expertise of the divisional directors is absolutely vital. I have grave concerns that the proposed changes would negatively impact the Art Gallery’s ability to adequately serve its mandate and mission. Bill 56 raises significant questions as to the future of our Provincial Art Gallery and whether or not the Rooms will be able to function in its important role as a steward of the community:
- What is the purpose of the changes being made to the Rooms Act in Bill 56? What safeguards will be in place to ensure the continued autonomy of the Provincial Art Gallery?
- In light of these proposed changes, what protocols are in place to ensure that there will be adequate resources and oversight for the proper procurement, care and management of The Rooms’ Art collections?
- Were national funding bodies, such as the Canada Council, consulted as to the possible effects that these proposed changes could have on The Rooms’ eligibility and suitability for funding, and whether or not they might jeopardize future funding?
Again, in light of the serious implications and risks that these changes could pose to the future of the Provincial Art Gallery, I ask that Bill 56 be withdrawn immediately until such time that community consultations can be enacted.