The debate started with Hon. Peter Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC) moving a time allocation motion:
The hansard for Tuesday, October 18, 2011 includes a transcript of the first day of debate of Bill C-11. The debate is at second reading, after which it will be sent to a committee.
The debate started a little after 10:30, and continued to 14:00 when "Statements by Members" proceedings interrupted. Debate continued after question period (and a point of privilege) at 15:15 and continued (with a few of the normal interruptions) until 18:30.
The NDP announced their shadow cabinet last week. Of particular interest on the copyright front are:
Full list here.
According to the Hill Times, the following current MPs will not be running in next election. There are 7 vacancies expected by end of summer, with 5 after byelection. Many believe that narrow partisan reasons were used to not call the remaining 5 byelections to happen at the same time.
Hill Times reporter Abbas Rana provided a table in this week's Hill Times listing the 15 MPs that have already announced they will not be running in the next election, as well as the 2 vacant seats.
1. Liberal MP Ray Ronin (Nickel Belt)
1. Bloc MP Yvan Loubier (Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot)
Joseph R. (Joe) Comuzzi (Thunder Bay--Superior North) is expected not to run, but has not yet made an announcement.
As expected, the house adjourned until Monday, January 29, 2007. This does not mean that MPs are on a long vacation, but that they are now in the ridings. This in fact is an appropriate time to be trying to contact your member of parliament at their riding office to let them know about your concerns on copyright.
There is also an interesting article in the Globe and Mail by Jane Taber talking about a few Liberal MPs from the Montreal area don't plan on running in the next election. These include Outremont MP Jean Lapierre, Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler, and past Liberal leader and LaSalle-Émard MP Paul Martin.
Dear Prime Minister Paul Martin,
On November 23, 2005, Canada became the first country to ratify the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. I agree that this is something that Canadians can be proud of.
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