The minutes and transcript from the special August 26, 2008 to "discuss the recent cancelling of federal cultural financial assistance programs" are online.
This meeting was held when everyone pretty much knew an election would be called. This should be read as an election debate on federal government funding of cultural programs from some key politicians running for re-election. While Copyright wasn't on the agenda, it did get discussed.
A Liberal party media release details the critic shuffle.
Specific to our areas of policy, Denis Coderre (Bourassa) becomes the Liberal Critic for Canadian Heritage, la Francophonie and Official Languages. This replaces L'hon. Mauril Bélanger (Ottawa Vanier). This change returns us to the most common situation where Heritage Ministers and critics primarily come from Quebec, something I mention each time I'm talking to fellow activists.
(Note: This is out of date. New committee not yet formed).
Copyright policy is the joint responsibility of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Industry. Two committees of the House of Commons are therefore the key members who are most likely to be studying this topic and related bills.
Members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC)
About fifteen kiosks hosted by local and not so local Free Culture enthusiasts such as Debian, FreeCulture, KDE, île sans fil, Savoir Faire Linux; a press conference announcing the Semaine québécoise de l'informatique libre, a Free Software week; a Richard Stallman presentation on copyright; and finally, the answers to all your questions with Russell McOrmond (Flora), Daniel Pascot (Laval University) and Marcus Bornfreund (Ottawa University), responsible for the canadian adaptation of the Creative Commons licenses.
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