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Statement on the acomplishments of the Canadian Film Industry

Honourable senators, I rise today to acknowledge the contributions that Canadians make to the movie industry and our creative economy.

At this year's Oscars, two Canadians were honoured: director Chris Williams, who won the best animated feature for the movie Big Hero 6, and Craig Mann for sound mixing on Whiplash. Three films directed by graduates of Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario were nominated for the best animated feature category. This brings to a total of five Oscar awards won by Sheridan graduates. I congratulate Sheridan College, referred to by the Governor General as the "Harvard of animation schools" of the North, on this significant achievement. It plays an important role in the development of our movie industry.

As we know, the movie industry operates in a highly dynamic environment. For example, the deep compositing technology has been applied in films such as Life of Pi, Avatar and Frozen, notably the Mudbox software designed by Sheridan College. I applaud the creative talent of Canadians and the work we do to support Canada's contributions to the movie industry. Figures show that the film and television production industry is at the forefront of the sector. In 2013-14, it helped to sustain 125,400 full-time jobs, and an increase of $5.86 billion was directly contributed to our GDP. Investment in film and television, through federal and provincial programs and tax credits, yields returns for our companies, making Canada a preferred location for movie production, known as the "Hollywood of the North."

Honourable senators, please join me in congratulating Canadians on their achievements in the movie industry.


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