Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Interim Chairperson of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

OTTAWA, December 20, 2011 - I am pleased to announce that Eric Hughes, Vice-Chairperson of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Board of Trustees, has accepted to perform the duties of Chairperson on an interim basis, effective December 31.

I am confident that Mr. Hughes will continue to contribute to the success of the Museum and the important work it does. Mr. Hughes is taking over the responsibilities of the outgoing Chairperson, Arni C. Thorsteinson. I would like to thank Mr. Thorsteinson for the work he has accomplished during his tenure.

The Government has a well-established process to fill senior Governor in Council positions. An open, publicly advertised, competency-based selection process will soon be launched to fill the position of Chairperson.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is Canada's first federal museum devoted to the topic of human rights. Its mission is to enhance the public's understanding of human rights, promote respect for others, and encourage reflection and dialogue on various human rights issues.

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Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
819-997-7788