New Ontario culture minister Madeleine Meilleur recently addressed the 6 Degrees of Separation event hosted by the Ontario Media Development Corp. on February 10. While her comments didn’t speak to the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit, she did address several prominent new media products. Following is an edited version of her speech. I am delighted to be here with so many of you in the cultural industries at this year’s thought-provoking conference.  I have already had the pleasure of meeting some of you. I hope to meet many more of you in the near future. And I certainly look forward to working with all of you throughout my mandate as Minister of Culture.  Recently, I spoke to the Canadian Film and Television Production Association in Ottawa, and I know that some of you were there. I said that rumours our government was about to pull the tax credit on film and television making in Ontario were not true.  We are fully aware of how important all the tax credits are. And that information will be used in the weeks ahead as the budget is prepared. If we can find a better way to assist the industry, then we will certainly look at it. The McGuinty government is focusing on the priorities we were elected on - the priorities of Ontarians - better public education and health care, a cleaner environment, strong communities and a vibrant economy.  The government recognizes many tax credits help to keep the economy vibrant. As Minister of Culture I will continue to emphasize that point to my cabinet colleagues. I want to assure you all that I am your advocate. It is in your work that we see ourselves reflected in the diverse and compelling media of our time - magazines, books, digital content, sound recordings, film and television. The McGuinty government recognizes that culture plays a vital role in all our lives. And we will do our part to encourage that. We also recognize the role that culture plays in Ontario’s economic life, and the significant contribution that the cultural industries make to our prosperity. You represent the third largest entertainment cluster in North America, after California and New York. And you are the twelfth largest business cluster in the province. Size certainly matters. But it is creativity, experience and intelligence that matter even more. These qualities are abundant in all our sectors. And they are abundant at this conference. I would like to congratulate OMDC, and thank Chair Marcelle Lean, CEO Michel Frappier and their staff, for putting together this tremendous event.  It provides an opportunity to share your ideas, be inspired by new ones, and come up with innovative ideas that will help your industries not just survive, but flourish in Ontario, Canada and abroad. Ontario cultural industry producers are always looking for creative solutions, trying to stay ahead of the wave of change.  Thanks to assistance from OMDC, here are just two exciting new products which are excellent examples of your innovation.  Voxpoll is a wireless interactive system used for engaging broadcast audiences in public opinion research. Global Television is considering using it for coverage of the next federal election.  Juno Beach Interactive is a book and CD interactive website that has been published and is on the market. We want to see more of this innovation. We want to see our cultural industry sector not only ride the wave, but make waves, both domestically and abroad. The burgeoning global economy presents great challenges and opportunities. You have been discussing these here, and sharing new solutions. The McGuinty government wants to work with you on these solutions, to find new ways to help the cultural industries, foster culture in Ontario, and improve the quality of life for all the people of the province.