Kildonan--St. Paul

Letter to Joy Smith, and one to Jack Layton re: Canadian Copyright Reform

I have seen many posts about letters to MPs, including one from Steve Woodrow to Joy Smith and one from "Freshwater Mermaid" to Jack Layton.

Please keep those letters going. This weekend is a great time to send letters so that MPs are well aware of the interest when the bill is tabled -- possibly on Monday.

G&M: PM faces tough choices replacing female ministers

The Globe and Mail has an interesting article by Campbell Clark speculating about the upcoming cabinet shuffle. The article talks about the female cabinet positions, and whether the PM will promote other women to replace Heritage Minister Bev Oda, viewed by many Tories as a weak communicator, and Revenue Minister, Carol Skelton, who has announced she will not run for re-election.

Will backbenchers Diane Ablonczy, Joy Smith or Lynne Yelich be brought into cabinet?

See also: G&M article by Val Ross.

Embarrassing private members bill to license Internet Service Providers tabled again.

I was watching CPAC yesterday when Conservative MP Joy Smith (Conservative, Kildonan--St. Paul) tabled a private members bill C-427. This is the same type of bill that has been tabled many times by various MPs of various parties. Chris Axworthy (NDP, Saskatoon--Clark's Crossing) tabled Bill C-396 in 1997 and Peter Stoffer (NDP, Sackville - Eastern Shore) introduced Bill C-234 in 2002, Bill C-254 in 2004 and Bill C-214 in 2006

Letter to Joy Smith, M.P.: Happy World Teachers Day // update on Copyright.

Dear Joy Smith, M.P.

First I would like to wish you a Happy World Teacher Day. Even though my wife is a highschool teacher, I managed to forget until I heard an M.P. making a statement on this during question period.

In the last parliament you were very involved in copyright as it related to the educational community. I was told by James Rajotte, M.P., that "copyright legislation will likely be addressed in the House of Commons during this session". <>

Looking at some specific results

Here are the preliminary results for the ridings we were watching closely. There are some very positive outcomes for us, especially in the two top ridings we were watching. This is hopefully an indication of a positive future for creators and users of "works of the mind".

General results from the Library of Parliament.

Parkdale--High Park
Peggy Nash wins the election, unseating Hollywood's member of parliament, Sarmite Sam Bulte.

Timmins--James Bay
Independent writer, broadcaster and musician Charlie Angus retains his seat. This is an important win for Canadian independent creators.

Bev Oda, possibly the new Minister of Heritage.

Jeanne-Le Ber
Liza Frulla, past Heritage Minister, looses her seat.

Canada Votes 2006: Ridings of Interest

The following ridings are considered to be of special interest to our community.

Parkdale--High Park
Close race between Peggy Nash and Sarmite Sam Bulte. Ms. Bulte is a close friend of the incumbent foreign intermediaries, and possibility to become the next Heritage Minister if the Liberals form the government. She is seen by our community as one of the greatest threats to Canadian creativity, especially independents and creators using alternative methods of production, distribution and funding. Anyone with ties to this riding should do what they can to support Ms. Nash and ensure that Ms. Bulte does not win her seat.

Timmins--James Bay
Riding of independent writer, broadcaster and musician Charlie Angus. He was also the NDP Heritage critic. It is important that this independent creator, who understands the competitive issues in Copyright, is in the next parliament. He was sent signatures to the Petition for Users Rights which he offered to table for us, but this did not happen before the election was called.

Election 2006: Kildonan--St. Paul

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

Incumbent information

Kildonan–St. Paul / Kildonan–St. Paul
MP: Joy Smith (Parliamentary Internet)

House of Commons and Copyright issue update from Joy Smith (updated)

The following two letters were sent out to educators on Monday November 14. Routine business went forward, and the petitions were tabled as quoted from Hansard below.

I will be tabling the petitions I have regarding the educational amendment today in the House. We do need to reword some of the petitions for further use, but the ones we have will be tabled today.

The business of the House is being held up by the Bloc's motion.

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