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[d@DCC] Cabinet Shuffle..
From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
The media is reporting that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will announce changes to his cabinet at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) on Thursday. While much of the talk is about Ambrose, I have also read references to some in the media thinking that Heritage Minister Bev Oda and Industry Minister Maxime Bernier. The question for us would be who could replace them. What if the current Chairs of the relevant committees became the Minister? Gary Schellenberger (Perth—Wellington, Ontario) is the chair of the Heritage Committee. I've seen him quotes as saying he believes he has spoken to all the constituencies on Copyright already, but to my knowledge that is only the legacy constituencies of the 1980's. Our community, and all the various creator and user groups who have broken away from the incumbent "creator side" and "user side" intermediary associations have not yet been adequately heard by Heritage Committee or its chair. He seems to want action on copyright, and believes that what is good for the intermediaries is good for Canada -- Whether he remains chair of committee or is moved forward, we have to put some focus on trying to reach him. Perth - Wellington http://www.digital-copyright.ca/edid/35070 James Rajotte (Edmonton—Leduc, Alberta) is the chair of the Industry Committee. While I haven't sat down with him one-on-one yet, I have met him in committee and shared email messages. I have been impressed with what I have heard, and believe that he understands that we are in an economic transition and need to protect innovators from excessive control by incumbents. This is an unlikely pick, however, as he is an Alberta MP and the Cabinet needs to be seen as representing a wider diversity of regional interests as well. It's too bad, as I think Mr. Rajottee would make for a very modern thinking Industry Minister. Edmonton - Leduc http://www.digital-copyright.ca/edid/48014 Is there other speculation? The portfolio that Ms. Oda currently has is a controversial one, and there may be some credibility to the suggestion she may be shuffled as she isn't the most aggressive of speakers. I don't consider being aggressive a feature, but I also didn't think Ambrose was doing a bad job in her portfolio (I consider the problems to be party related and not related to her) and believe she was booted out because of not being aggressive enough. -- Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/> Please help us tell the Canadian Parliament to protect our property rights as owners of Information Technology. Sign the petition! http://www.digital-copyright.ca/petition/ict/ "The government, lobbied by legacy copyright holders and hardware manufacturers, can pry my camcorder, computer, home theatre, or portable media player from my cold dead hands!" _______________________________________________ Discuss mailing list Discuss@list.digital-copyright.ca http://list.digital-copyright.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
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