Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 21, 2006 16:40 ET

Statement by the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 21, 2006) -

I am saddened by the recent passing of Mavor Moore.

Writing his first play when he was just 12 years old, Mr. Moore went on to write over 100 works for stage, radio and television, becoming one of Canada's leading figures in the field. An accomplished actor, director, and arts advocate, he was also a well-known and respected educator and journalist. Mr. Moore's contributions to Canadian culture earned him much recognition, including a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement in 1999 and being named a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1988.

Mr. Moore was the first artist to head the Canada Council, founding chairman of the Canadian Theatre Centre and the B.C Arts Council and first chairman of the Guild of Canadian Playwrights, as well as the founding artistic director of the Charlottetown Festival and the founding general director of the Toronto's St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, to name just a few of his many accomplishments.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, I express my condolences on behalf of all Canadians to the family members and friends of Mavor Moore. Canada has lost an inspirational leader and an important advocate for the arts and culture. Canada's cultural landscape has been greatly enriched by his contributions, and we are truly grateful.

(This statement is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Status of Women
    Chisholm Pothier
    Director of Communications