Jeanne-Le Ber

Bloc MP suggests C-61 doesn't go far enough?

A constituent in the Quebec riding of Jeanne-Le Ber received a reply from their Bloc MP Thierry St-Cyr, and posted it to the Montreal mailing list. This is the previous riding of past Heritage Minister Liza Frulla, and one of the ridings that Mr. Geist identified as having a "Copyright MP" given it has two key attributes - the sitting MP won their riding by 10 percent or less in the last election and their riding is home to a university.

Michael Geist: The Copyright MPs

Michael Geist has identified a group of 27 MPs (nine percent of all MPs) who share two key attributes - they won their riding by 10 percent or less in the last election and their riding is home to a university. The combination is important since it is these MPs - not the very safe Jim Prentice - who will face the consequences of the Prentice bill that will harm a generation well versed in digital technologies, social networks, and the Internet.

Parliamentary week in review: Nov 19-23, Nov 26-30

Previous reviews: Nov 13-16, Oct 29-Nov2.

Nothing interesting to report for the week of November 19-23.

November 27, 2007

A motion was moved that the first report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, tabled on Wednesday, November 21, 2007, be concurred in. This suggested that changes to the Broadcasting Policy for Canada or the Canadian Telecommunications Policy be first put before the House through the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for its consideration.

Too little (nothing), too late response from past Heritage Minister Liza Frulla.

The following letter from the Ministerial Correspondence Secretariat for Canadian Heritage was dated January 24. I find it interesting that the day after the election, when it was clear that Liza Frulla not only lost her seat but the Liberals were no longer the government. Like all past letters I received from Heritage it only related to keywords in my correspondence, and did not address any of the substance. In this case it was in reply to a letter saying we need to protect Canadian culture from Bill C-60.

Changing Heritage Minister: Front runner is Bev Oda

This CBC article discusses the past Heritage Minister Liza Frulla loosing her seat, and about the front runner for the Conservative Minister, Bev Oda.

The 61-year-old Oda is former a schoolteacher and has filled both production and management roles with Rogers, OMNI 1, Global Television, CFMT-TV and CTV. From 1987 through 1993, Oda worked as a CRTC commissioner and has also served as a member of the Canadian Heritage Committee.

Looking at some specific results

Here are the preliminary results for the ridings we were watching closely. There are some very positive outcomes for us, especially in the two top ridings we were watching. This is hopefully an indication of a positive future for creators and users of "works of the mind".

General results from the Library of Parliament.

Parkdale--High Park
Peggy Nash wins the election, unseating Hollywood's member of parliament, Sarmite Sam Bulte.

Timmins--James Bay
Independent writer, broadcaster and musician Charlie Angus retains his seat. This is an important win for Canadian independent creators.

Bev Oda, possibly the new Minister of Heritage.

Jeanne-Le Ber
Liza Frulla, past Heritage Minister, looses her seat.

Arts crowd having pre-Harper panic

This Toronto Star article by Martin Knelman includes:

With the Conservatives heading for a victory on Monday, the mood has turned so dark that the comments of Bev Oda, Harper's heritage critic, on the subject of increased Canada Council funding, are now regarded as scary — even though just a week earlier, they were considered cause for rejoicing.
In fact, Oda has been saying pretty much the same thing all along, but her remarks have been subjected to wildly different spins.

Canada Votes 2006: Ridings of Interest

The following ridings are considered to be of special interest to our community.

Parkdale--High Park
Close race between Peggy Nash and Sarmite Sam Bulte. Ms. Bulte is a close friend of the incumbent foreign intermediaries, and possibility to become the next Heritage Minister if the Liberals form the government. She is seen by our community as one of the greatest threats to Canadian creativity, especially independents and creators using alternative methods of production, distribution and funding. Anyone with ties to this riding should do what they can to support Ms. Nash and ensure that Ms. Bulte does not win her seat.

Timmins--James Bay
Riding of independent writer, broadcaster and musician Charlie Angus. He was also the NDP Heritage critic. It is important that this independent creator, who understands the competitive issues in Copyright, is in the next parliament. He was sent signatures to the Petition for Users Rights which he offered to table for us, but this did not happen before the election was called.

Letter received from the Department of Canadian Heritage

Letter received from the Department of Canadian Heritage on November 28, 2005.

Dear Mr. McOrmond

I am writing in response to your correspondence to the Honourable Liza Frulla, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Satatus of Women, co-addressed to various Members of Parliament, regarding Bill C-60, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, as it pertains to digital rights management.

Election 2006: Jeanne-Le Ber

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

Incumbent information

Jeanne-Le Ber / Jeanne-Le Ber
MP: Liza Frulla (Parliamentary Internet)
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women

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