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.

It is Industry, not Heritage, that should form the basis of the "copyright pledge"

The "Copyright Pledge" focused on the Minister of Heritage, Parliamentary Secretaries to the Minister of Heritage, and Heritage Committee members.

The Copyright Act lists the Minister of Industry as the Minister responsible for the act. The Minister of Heritage, Heritage Committee and Heritage department have been given excessive influence over copyright based on the claim that copyright is a form of cultural policy. If this were true, Heritage would not be directly responsible for specific incumbent (largely foreign) industry association interests being allowed to dominate the debate. Heritage is not equipped to deal with the economic issues that are brought before them, and have allowed false statistics and faith-based economic ideologies to direct policy. Heritage is also in a conflict of interest, given they fund a small subset of Canadian society that is affected by copyright.

The Progressive Bloggers "Anti-Endorsement": Defeat Bev Oda and Sam Buite.

This article by "The staff at Progressive Bloggers" includes:

Therefore, the staff at Progressive Bloggers are announcing our opposition to Sam Buite's and Bev Oda's attempts to be re-elected, and we ask the voters of those respective ridings to vote for a candidate who is not beholden to the pro-copyright lobbyists, and to oust them.

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.

Will you and your party take the "Copyright Pledge"

The following was sent to the leaders of all 15 registered parties, and the candidates in my riding of Ottawa South.

I strongly agree with Michael Geist when he says that the party leaders should take a Copyright Pledge. It would hold that:

No Member of Parliament who has accepted financial contributions or other benefits from (i) a copyright lobby group, (ii) its corporate members, or (iii) senior executives as well as (iv) a copyright collective shall serve as Minister of Canadian Heritage or as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, nor sit on any legislative committee (parliamentary or standing committees) conducting hearings or deliberations on copyright matters.

Pledge comes from Cleaning Up Copyright, by Michael Geist.

Update: Online Rights Canada has an online petition for all Canadians to sign onto to ask politicians to take the pledge.

Bev Oda's close ties to broadcast industry (Durham, Conservative Party of Canada)

A recent BLOG posting by Michael Geist includes:

In fact, notwithstanding the Conservatives' claims of accountability, new research indicates that Oda is no stranger to funding support. According to her 2004 riding association data, she accepted thousands of dollars in contributions from the broadcast lobby. Corporate supporters included Alliance Atlantis, Astral Media, Canwest, and CHUM. Oda also attracted a "who's who" of the broadcast community, including Edward Rogers, Leonard Asper, John Cassaday, Douglas Bassett, Andre Bureau, Phil Lind, Gary Slaight, Jay Switzer, Tony Viner, and Glenn O'Farrell, who each ponied up $250 a person at a May 2004 fundraiser.

Election 2006: Durham (Was: Clarington--Scugog--Uxbridge)

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

Incumbent information

Clarington–Scugog–Uxbridge / Clarington–Scugog–Uxbridge
MP: Bev Oda (Parliamentary Internet)
Conservative shadow cabinet: Canadian Heritage

Bev Oda demands copyright capitulation?

The following was posted by Matthew Skala on his BLOG

In Question Period yesterday, Ms.  Bev Oda (Durham, CPC) demanded that we give in to US pressure on copyright extension.  She may have revealed her actual agenda with her next point:  "when are we going to tighten the borders, Mr.  Speaker?".  I don't think copyright is really what it's all about at all.

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