Parry Sound--Muskoka

The Minister of Industry - Bill entitled “An Act to amend the Copyright Act”.

The new bill is now on the order paper. Like Bill C-61, and unlike previous Liberal bills, it will be tabled by the Minister of Industry rather than the Minister of Heritage.

PM announces changes to the Ministry

The Prime Minister announced changes to the federal ministers. (CBC) The important thing for us is that the Ministers of Industry, Heritage are the same.

The Minister of International Trade is now Peter Van Loan, while the Minister of Foreign Affairs remains with Lawrence Cannon. It can be argued that these ministers, and not Industry or Heritage, actually have the primary responsibility for Copyright law given Copyright is primarily set in trade and treaty negotiations.

Automobile property rights won't be protected by "Conservatives"

A Globe and Mail article discusses how federal Industry Minister Tony Clement has claimed that a temporary non-binding deal granting Canada's independent garages access to the proprietary software and tools to fix newer-model cars is sufficient to protect the right to repair. He is claiming that that Private Members bill C-273, the Right to Repair bill, is no longer necessary, suggesting that "intellectual property rights" need to be balanced against the rights of automobile owners. Sorry, but unless the automobile owner is manufacturing and distributing new automobiles, there are no legitimate "intellectual property rights" at question.

For a party that alleges to hold protecting property rights as a founding principle, they don't seem to be interested in protecting this right.

New cabinet, new faces on Copyright

The new cabinet is being sworn in, and I'm updating our page for important MPs. Copyright being joint between Industry and Heritage, the two Ministers who will be responsible are The Honourable Tony Clement (Minister of Industry) and The Honourable James Moore
(Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages).

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.

Televised agriculture debate

This Tillsonburg news article by Jeff Helsdon includes:

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture organized the debate Friday at the University of Toronto’s Hart House and it was aired live on CPAC. Diane Finley, Conservative agriculture critic and Haldimand-Norfolk Conservative candidate, sparred off against ag minister Andy Mitchell, NDP ag critic Charlie Angus and Bloc ag critic Andre Bellavance.

Election 2006: Parry Sound--Muskoka

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

Incumbent information


Parry Sound–Muskoka / Parry Sound–Muskoka
MP: Hon. Andy Mitchell (Parliamentary Internet)

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