London North Centre

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.

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).

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.

Liberal MP Glen Pearson introduces Elizabeth May at environmental service

A London Free Press article talks about an "environmental service" held last Sunday at Wesley-Knox United Church in London where Green party Leader Elizabeth May spoke.

Liberal MP Glen Pearson, who defeated her in a byelection last year, introducing her to his fellow congregants.

Results from by-elections: London North Centre and Repentigny

By-elections were called in Repentigny (Quebec) and London North Centre (Ontario) for November 27, 2006. The ridings returned the candidate from the incumbent party in both cases.

Preliminary Results follow

2006 By-elections: November 27, 2006

By-elections have been called in Repentigny (Quebec) and London North Centre (Ontario) for November 27, 2006. Close of nominations for candidates was November 6, 2006.

London North Center

Will Arlow (Canadian Action Party)
Robert Ede (Independent)
Dianne Haskett (Conservative Party of Canada)
Steve Hunter (Progressive Canadian Party)
Elizabeth May (Leader of the Green Party of Canada)
Glen Pearson (Liberal Party of Canada)
Megan Walker (New Democratic Party)


Mahmood Raza Baig (Canadian Action Party)
Réjean Bellemare (New Democratic Party)
Stéphane Bourgon (Conservative Party of Canada)
Raymond Gravel (Bloc Québécois)
Jocelyne Leduc (Independent)
Régent Millette (Independent)
Christian Turenne (Liberal Party of Canada)

Ottawa Citizen: Open-sourcing the Hill

An Ottawa Citizen article by David Reevely discussed the recent GOSLING MP awareness project.

McOrmond says GOSLING has had positive responses from a few MPs -- Tory James Rajotte is one. Unfortunately, he says, two enthusiastic open-source proponents have left the picture. Former Liberal labour minister Joe Fontana is quitting federal politics to run for mayor of London; Reg Alcock was an enormously influential supporter as president of the Treasury Board, McOrmond says, but lost his Winnipeg seat in the election that defeated his government last January.

It was Joe Fontana's hill staff that hosted an Open Source event on parliament hill on June 19th, 2006.

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