Montmagny - L'Islet - Kamouraska - Rivière-du-Loup

Bill C-11 house debate day 5

On November 24, 2011 we had the fifth time when the House of Commons debated Bill C-11 (at Second Reading).

The debate ended with the speaker asking if the house is ready to vote on the amendment. This vote was deferred until Monday at the end of government orders.

I believe the amendment is the one brought by Hon. Geoff Regan (Halifax West, Lib.) on the first day of debate which read:

That the motion be amended by deleting all of the words after the word “That” and submitting the following:

“this House declines to give second reading to Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, because it fails to:

(a) uphold the rights of consumers to choose how to enjoy the content that they purchase through overly-restrictive digital lock provisions;

(b) include a clear and strict test for “fair dealing” for education purposes; and

(c) provide any transitional funding to help artists adapt to the loss of revenue streams that the Bill would cause.

Given the Conservatives have a majority this amendment will fail the vote, but it is interesting to see what the focus from the Liberals have been.

2011 election Judicial Recounts

It is interesting to watch the Judicial Recounts on some of the very close ridings.

Preliminary results predicted the re-election of Bernard Généreux (Conservative) in Montmagny--L'Islet--Kamouraska--Rivière-du-Loup, but the final results are bringing François Lapointe (NDP) into the house.

There are 3 other recounts in process.

New MPs and outgoing MPs

The list of newly elected MPs have been loaded into a database, and available via the MP pages and the Election 2011 candidates tool. Check out the list of 108 rookie MPs.

For those that do not know, there are 2 districts under judicial recount (Montmagny--L'Islet--Kamouraska--Rivière-du-Loup with 5 votes different between NDP and Conservative, Etobicoke Centre with 25 votes between Conservative and Liberal) and a third where there is the possibility (Nipissing--Timiskaming with 14 votes between Conservative and Liberal).

November 9, 2009, By-election results

The New MPs are:
  • New Westminster--Coquitlam: Fin Donnelly of the NDP with 49.6% of the vote and 29.9% voter turnout.
  • Montmagny--L'Islet--Kamouraska--Rivière-du-Loup: Bernard Généreux of the Conservative party with 42.7% of the vote and 36.6% voter turnout.
  • Hochelaga: Daniel Paillé of the Bloc Québécois with 51.2% of the vote and 22.3% voter turnout.
  • Cumberland--Colchester--Musquodoboit Valley: Scott Armstrong of the Conservative party with 45.8 45.8% of the vote and 35.7% voter turnout.

Parliamentary week in review: Nov 13-16

I have done a few weekly reviews of parliament, the previous one being to November 2. Sorry for not keeping up with these as I had intended. Parliament is currently debating a concurrence to committee report from Heritage committee (Broadcasting policy or the telecommunications policy for Canada), which reminded me that I should be posting these summaries. Some very interesting speeches by opposition members, with the Conservative government claiming a discussion of media obstructs/delays their crime bill.

Counterfeiting and Piracy are theft (NOT!)

As parliament was being recessed for the summer, James Rajotte stood up as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology to table their latest report very embarrassingly titled Counterfeiting and Piracy are theft. See Michael Geist's article Industry Committee Demands a Canadian DMCA.

While I am obviously going to send a copy of my article Jefferson Debate: A Godwin's law for copyright discussions to each member, we clearly have a lot of work ahead of us to educate members of parliament on the basics of these issues. If you are in (or live near) the riding of any of these MPs, please make sure you set up a meeting in their constituency office this summer!

Election 2006: Rivière-du-Loup -- Montmagny

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

Incumbent information

Rivière-du-Loup–Montmagny / Rivière-du-Loup–Montmagny
MP: Paul Crête (Parliamentary Internet)
Bloc Critic - Industry

Letter to Industry Minister about software patents

May 31, 2005

Dear Hon. David Emerson, Minister of Industry,

I am enclosing an article about Software Patents that describes the worldwide market situation, with specific reference to the special interest lobbying in the European Union. The European Patent Convention (EPC) was signed by its core member states in 1973 and went into force in 1978, when the European Patent Office (EPO) was established on its basis. The EPC specifically excluded "schemes, rules and methods for performing mental acts, playing games or doing business, and programs for computers" (reference 1) from patentability based on very sound public policy reasons. There is now a powerful lobby, including software companies facing major competitive threats from alternative business models, that are seeking to remove these important exclusions.

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