Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery supports the Court’s decision to unseal documents

Ottawa - July 25, 2008

The National Gallery of Canada supports the Federal Court’s decision to make documents in the case between David Franklin, Deputy Director and Chief Curator and the National Gallery, public.

Today, the Federal Court has ruled that documents in the case between David Franklin and the  National Gallery of Canada must be made public. Dr. Franklin commenced proceedings against the Gallery with respect to a dispute relating to his employment. The Gallery has maintained that these proceedings were not properly before the Federal Court.  

Dr. Franklin obtained a sealing order on June 27th prior to filing his application and related documents.  The Gallery objected to the original sealing order, but subsequently agreed for the protection of third parties not named in the proceedings.   

Pending the July 16th court hearing at which time the sealing order was continued, the parties engaged in discussions which led to an agreement to settle the matter.

In responding to this difficult situation, the National Gallery of Canada has acted in the best interests of the institution and respected applicable laws. 

Mr. Sobey and the Board of Trustees fully support the response by the National Gallery of Canada and the continued leadership of its Director, Mr. Pierre Théberge.

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For more information, please contact:
Joanne Charette
Director, Public Affairs
National Gallery of Canada