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.

Garth Turner: copyright law everyone hates

Some interesting notes in an article on Garth Turner's blog:

And for a half hour before the main event, Dion and I met with three or four dozen bloggers, where he fielded questions on everything from a current right-wing assault on the Supreme Court to the copyright law everyone hates. Although I would not call him a digital guy, he clearly understands the power of the medium to reach increasing numbers of voters and citizens. Most importantly, as I mentioned yesterday, my very relationship with this man is worth marking. Harper read my blog and threw me out. Dion reads it, and asks us all in.

Hat tip to Michael Geist.

MP Garth Turner joins federal Liberal caucus

Yesterdays news, and reported in many places, but Garth Turner has joined the Liberal caucus. Details can be read on his active website/BLOG/videos.

I have been trying to find constituents in Halton that can help convince Garth to get involved in digital copyright and other new media issues. He is the MP who seems to have the greatest online presence, and thus an MP who has more personal experience with new media technology than others.

If you are in his riding, please let us know!

Garth Turner's online poll of Canadians about motion to recognize Québecois as a nation within a united Canada.

While I don't think online polls have much value in determining the mood of Canadians (self-selecting group, can be more easily forged than other polling forms, etc), I think it is very interesting that a sitting MP in the Canadian parliament is using online tools this way. Please go to Mr. Turner's website and check out his poll, his running BLOG (That allows full anonymous comments from browsers), and his MPtv videos.

I think it would be great if more MPs were this engaged with constituents. Unfortunately for Garth few are, and there are a lot of people (myself included) who participate on his BLOG because it is a rare glimpse into parliament that other MPs aren't yet offering. Not only does he give his own views online, but his MPtv has offered video tours of parliament. This causes a volume of interactions between Canadians and this one MP that should be better shared among the other 307 MPs.

Small-c conservative MP blogger kicked out of Conservative party for being too transparent?

I would like to hear feedback from our community on this. The Turner Report is a BLOG from the MP from Halton (Ontario), and this is clearly an MP that we should be talking to as he better understands modern technology. Unfortunately his being transparent to the public got him in hot water. (See: Globe and Mail , CTV. , Toronto Star , CP via Toronto Star)

Many stories suggest that he was kicked out of the caucus for his views. My question is this: While we know the views of someone transparent enough to have a daily BLOG, what do we really know about the other 307 MPs?

Election 2006: Halton

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

Incumbent information

Halton / Halton
MP: Gary Carr (Parliamentary Internet)

Domain name registration system discussed by MP's

A few members of parliament discussed Use by Others of Website Names of Members of Parliament on June 2, 2005. An organization opposed to same-sex marriage applied for and is using domain names including names of MPs as part of their campaign.

CIPPIC replies: Halton Green Party candidate

;:Frank Marchetti
;:Halton Green Party of Canada Candidate


Music File-sharing: What is your position on the issue of file-sharing in Canada--should it be illegal?

;:While I will make no claims about expertise on the matter, I do think that there are a lot of complex issues involved. Of course, we do want artists and others to be paid for the results of their labour, but we also do not want to "kill the goose that laid the golden egg." That is to say, the extension of copyright into all elements of human civilization is destroying the free flow of information that has fueled the scientific revolution since the rennaissance. If you go into universities, for example, you will see laboratory after laboratory that is locked and signs that say admittence is not permitted. This is because of copyright and patenting issues. As one biology professor (recipient of many awards for teaching and research excellence) told me "university used to be a meeting of the minds, but now it has become an exercise in autism."

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