Parkdale - High Park

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.

Minutes of special meeting on cuts to arts program posted

The minutes and transcript from the special August 26, 2008 to "discuss the recent cancelling of federal cultural financial assistance programs" are online.

This meeting was held when everyone pretty much knew an election would be called. This should be read as an election debate on federal government funding of cultural programs from some key politicians running for re-election. While Copyright wasn't on the agenda, it did get discussed.

Sarmite Bulte lost nomination for Don Valley West

It is interesting the variety of places where this good news came from, but Sarmite Bulte did not win the nomination. She lost to Rob Oliphant. I don't know Rob Oliphant's views on copyright and the modern economy, but it would be hard to be more closed minded than Ms. Bulte.

This is good news for the Liberal party, given the last thing they need in the next election is Sam running against them in the Toronto area.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, please see past articles from the riding of Parkdale-High Park from before and during the 2006 election.

Sarmite Bulte seeking Liberal nomination again?

According to Susan Delacourt in the Toronto Star, Sam Bulte, the controversial MP previously of Parkdale High-Park seen as the architect of Canada's move towards a Canadian DMCA, is seeking the nomination in Don Valley West.

Lets hope the Liberals don't want to tie themselves to her regressive policies and won't let her run under their name. If they do, then that will likely harm the entire party during the next election.

Doctorow: Canada's coming DMCA will be the worst copyright yet

Canadian Science Fiction writer Cory Doctorow Blogs on BoingBoing about the copyright bill expected to be tabled this December.

Last election Cory Doctorow voted in (and blogged about) the riding of Parkdale - High Park, where the past parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Heritage -- the largest proponent of this style of legislation -- lost her seat. The current member for that riding is currently a member of Industry committee, and expected to oppose the bill.

Parliamentary week in review: Oct 29-Nov2

I will be trying to do a weekly review of mentions in the Canadian parliament of issues that are (or should be) of interest to our community. If one of the MPs in the related discussions is your MP, please write them a letter about the issue.

The House stands adjourned until Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 10 a.m.

US Tech Workers Give It Up to Democrats. What about Canadians?

When reading an eWeek article by Roy Mark talking about political donations to US presidential candidates, I wondered what would be said in Canada. We don't have a separate executive branch, with our prime Minister simply being the leader of the party that receives the most seats, so an apples-to-apples comparison isn't possible.

Layton announces new NDP shadow cabinet

The NDP has announced a new shadow cabinet. Surprisingly, Bill Siksay (Burnaby-Douglas) has replaced Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) as Heritage critic.

Peggy Nash (Parkdale-High Park) replaces Brian Masse (Windsor West) as primary Industry critic. this means that Ms. Nash will now play a larger roll in Copyright policy, bringing her back to some of the debates which brought her into the house in the first place.

This may also suggest that there will be changes in who sits on the various parliamentary committees.

Bill C-59 debate complete (about an hour and 10 mins), bill passed.

It is now 17:00 and the debate is complete. (Hansard transcript now available) A total of 10 people spoke, including the Justice Minister (Hon. Rob Nicholson), and the Justice critics for the Liberals (Hon. Marlene Jennings), Bloc (Réal Ménard) and NDP (Joe Comartin).

Gerard Kennedy was named the federal Liberal candidate for Parkdale-High Park

A Globe and Mail article explains how Gerard Kennedy was unopposed for the nomination after Sarmite Bulte threw her support behind him. Anyone from the riding should be trying to meet with him to find out his views on new-media, the Internet and copyright. You want to know before the election whether Hollywood and Henderson's previous candidate supports Kennedy because he is simply a less vocal supporter.

Our issues are issues where the individual MP matter more than the parties as a whole. This should have us trying to set up meetings with candidates as they are being nominated, and not waiting for the election to be called.

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