Honoré-Mercier

Day 2 of Bill C-32 debates in the house.

We now have a transcript of the 2'nd day of debates in the house of C-32 (See day 1), with speeches by Liberal Heritage critic Pablo Rodriguez (Honoré-Mercier), and NDP member Glen Thibeault (Sudbury), and additional interventions by Liberal Alan Tonks (York South--Weston) and NDP Jim Maloway (Elmwood--Transcona).

The extension of the private copying levy to devices was added to question period by the Conservatives, and was part of an exchange between Mrs. Carole Lavallée (Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert, BQ) and Mr. Dean Del Mastro (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, CPC) that was part of Adjournment Proceedings.

See: Is the private copying levy a tax? for why I feel both the Conservatives and the opposition parties are dangerously misunderstanding copyright when discussing this topic.

What if I was the Bill C-32 lead from the Official Opposition Liberals?

On Thursday I met for a half hour with Pablo Rodriguez, MP for the Quebec riding of Honoré-Mercier, and the Heritage critic for the Liberal party. Copyright is joint between Heritage and Industry, so this is a key MP when it comes to the future of Copyright bill C-32. (See also: List of MPs I have met)

I came with some of my regular material:

Read full article and my proposal via IT World Canada's BLOG >>

The 57 Ridings that can Change Election's Outcome

Hill Times journalists Abbas Rana, Simon Doyle and Harris MacLeod have assembled a list of 57 ridings in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec, where the parties won or lost by a margin of about five per cent or less in the last federal election. This is a superset of what Michael Geist called the Copyright MPs which won their riding by 10 percent or less in the last election and their riding is home to a university.

Fair Copyright Montreal

The Montreal group has a great WIKI set up at FairCopyrightMontreal.org. This is an exciting trend to see, as it will allow people in the area to better coordinate with their neighbours to talk to their neighbours and their own elected representatives.

Meeting with MPs and nominated candidates.

One of the things I often say in interviews is that Copyright is not a partisan issue in Canada, that you can't focus on parties, and that the issue comes down to the personal experience and ideas of individual representatives. Given this it is important to talk to sitting members of parliament, as well as candidates running to replace them.

Election 2006: Honoré-Mercier

Election 2006: Please add comments to discuss riding specific activities, links to candidate information, etc.

Incumbent information


Honoré-Mercier / Honoré-Mercier
MP: Pablo Rodriguez (Parliamentary Internet)

July 3rd 2005 in Montreal: Copyright and you

Copyright 2005: Sunday afternoon, July 3rd 2005. A presentation of FACIL, Koumbit and LabCMO.

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.

Montreal area MPs

The Saturday conversation in Montreal was great. Many of the participants seemed interested in working together to help to educate the public and members of parliament on copyright and related issues. We created a Montreal-specific mailing list to continue discussions.

Montreal is an important area as you have both the Heritage Minister and the Prime Minister there, members of Heritage committee, and the leader of the Bloc.

One thing that would be very helpful is if people in the area could go to the information page for their riding and post something about the local MP. This may help encourage others in the area to get involved as well.

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