Charleswood - St. James - Assiniboia

Response from Honourable Steven Fletcher on C-11

A familiar looking form letter copied from a post to the Fair Copyright for Canada Facebook group.

Good afternoon,

Minister Fletcher has asked me to respond to your email and thank you for taking the time to contact our office.

Recognizing the critical role a modern copyright regime plays in Canada’s digital economy, the Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to introduce and seek swift passage of copyright legislation that balances the needs of creators and users.

Copyright reply from Steven Fletcher, MP for Charleswood - St. James - Assiniboia

The following is an example of the letters sent in reply to constituents sending Mr. Fletcher letters on copyright. This one was sent to Brian Mitchell.

Thank you for your e-mail regarding copyright reform in Canada.

I appreciate you sharing your views on the matter. I assure you that the Government of Canada is aware of the sensitive nature of issues regarding digital rights management. The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and the Honourable Jose Verner, Minister of Heritage are working on new copyright legislation and are considering the concerns of all Canadians.

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.

Election 2006: Charleswood--St. James

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

Incumbent information

Charleswood–St. James / Charleswood–St. James
MP: Steven Fletcher (Parliamentary Internet)
Conservative shadow cabinet: Health

Reply from the office of Steven Fletcher (meeting during my Winnipeg visit)

I received the following letter in reply to my invitation to meet during my Winnipeg visit: OpenCity 2005, the festival of participatory culture:


Unfortunately Steven is out of town and will not be able to attend. For your information, we did not receive an invitation until I exchanged an e-mail at the end of last week with a computer developer in our riding about this meeting. If there are notes that are available after the meeting please send to my e-mail address at scott -at- stevenfletcher -dot- com.

Yours sincerely,

Steven Fletcher's website is Powered by Open Source

While I don't know if the MP was directly involved in the decision, and whether this was a free/gratis or free/libre decision, but the website of Steven Fletcher is based on Free/Libre and Open Source Software.

Netcraft says: was running Apache on Linux

I don't know what Content Management System (CMS) is being used for the main site, but his photo gallary is using a GPL licensed software project hosted on SourceForge and written in PHP.

CIPPIC replies: Charleswood--St. James Green Party candidate

Received from Andrew Basham

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

;:A: No it should not be illiegal. I don't think it is appropriate for the Minister to promise such an amendmant in response to industry lobbying. The government should look out for the best interests of Canadian citizens. I agree many artists may be losing income but it is not the governments job to ensure success in business. A law protecting companies profits, and jeopardizing Canadian's freedoms must be considered carefully.

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