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I understand that LAC is being broken up and parts (all?) sold off (or given away?). Also, the scope and scale of LAC seems to be dramatically diminishing.



That all seems like a really bad idea. Has there been much discussion in Canada about this, especially from the professional historical community? Is there anyone speaking out in favour of this (besides peopel who's hands are or presumed to be tied)?

NZ reduced the stature of or National Archives a year or so ago. The Chief Archivist used to be independant and have direct access to the PM. Now they report to a deputy to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. While less than ideal, IMO, that consolidation of govt departments and agencies is a broad based programme, and as such NZ Archives were probably always going to vanish as an independent entity. Fortunately the current Cheif Archivist has had a career in Archives, and the role of NZ Archives doesn't seemed to have changed much.

The direction Canadian Archives is taking seems a bit more worrisome.

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