Legislative Committee on Bill C-32

C-32 committee meeting 5 thoughts.

This was the first meeting with non-government witnesses. The witnesses were Dr. Michael Geist (University of Ottawa law professor), Giuseppina (Pina) D'Agostino (York University law professor) and Barry Sookman (Lawyer with law firm McCarthy Tétrault, registered lobbyist for CRIA, lawyer for some of the other stakeholders). The exchanges were quite lively as you had 3 individuals who had quite different views: Geist was the only one who addressed concerns of average citizens, Sookman focused on the larger copyright owners, and D'Agostino discussed separate interests between creators, owners and users.

Does sending a bill to committee after second reading have any meaning?

Often when I have a question in my headlines it is rhetorical. In this case I am genuinely curious and/or confused, and not even sure which.

I have been told for many years that it matters whether a bill is sent to committee before or after second reading. If parliamentarians like the subject of a bill, but not the substance, then they will send to committee before second reading where the committee can rewrite any aspect. If parliamentarians like the general substance and wish to study and make amendments to the details, then they will pass at second reading before going to committee.

Bill C-32 was passed at second reading, and was referred to a special legislative committee who are currently studying the bill. This should have meant that parliamentarians agreed with the topics addressed in the bill, and wanted to study and make amendments only on the details. Listening to the discussions so far, and the topics that proposed witnesses wish to discuss, would suggest otherwise.

C-32 committee meeting 4 thoughts.

The focus of this meeting was organizing what witnesses would appear. I attended the meeting in person, and since it was at 131 Queen St. I had excellent 3G coverage and was able to participate online while watching what was happening. The first hour of the meeting was open to the public, and the second hour of the meeting was in-camera (all non-MP/non-staff had to leave the room, and the online audio feed was cut off).

C-32 committee meeting 3 thoughts.

The second meeting for the C-32 committee was in-camera yesterday, but the third meeting was available to all Canadians via camera. While I attended the first meeting in person, I viewed this one via ParlVU at home with my twitter feed open. It was a very different dynamic.

Bill C-32 legislative committee day 1 thoughts

Members of the committee met for the first time this morning to discuss the next steps. There were various routine proceedings rules to discuss. There was a comparatively short conversation on how long witnesses would speak as an introduction (5 minutes rather than the normal 10), and how the rounds of questions would go (7 minutes first round, 5 minutes next round, for the witness portion of meetings that would go for 60 minutes for 3 witnesses).

Bill C-32 legislative committee has been struck.

A report from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs lists the 11 members of the new Legislative Committee on Bill C-32 as follows:

Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP)
Kelly Block (Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, Conservative)
Sylvie Boucher (Beauport—Limoilou, Conservative)
Peter Braid (Kitchener—Waterloo, Conservative)
Serge Cardin (Sherbrooke, Bloc Québécois)
Dean Del Mastro (Peterborough, Conservative)
Marc Garneau (Westmount—Ville-Marie, Liberal)
Mike Lake (Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont, Conservative)
Carole Lavallée (Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert, Bloc Québécois)
Dan McTeague (Pickering—Scarborough East, Liberal)
Pablo Rodriguez (Honoré-Mercier, Liberal)

Addition (via twitter): Gordon Brown (Leeds—Grenville, Conservative) has been named Chair

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