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Member of Parliament for Winnipeg North / Winnipeg-Nord (Via Parl.gc.ca)
This was the last day of debate before the bill is sent to committee at second reading. In some ways we have returned to the same position we were a little less than a year ago when the government fell in March 2011. In other ways it appears that the general public, who will be greatly impacted by this bill, are far more engaged than they were at that time.
On December 12, 2011 we had the seventh time when the House of Commons debated Bill C-11 (at Second Reading). I didn't write about the 6'th time as it was simply a vote on an amendment that was deferred from the 5'th day of debate.
The debate started with Mr. Paul Calandra (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, CPC, MP for Oak Ridges—Markham) giving a short promotion of the bill and then moving a motion "That this question be now put."
On November 22, 2011 we had the fourth time when the House of Commons debated Bill C-11 (at Second Reading).
I am glad that Ms. Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands, GP) included discussion of the constitutional questions raised by Bill C-11.
On November 14, 2011 we had the third time when the House of Commons debated Bill C-11 (at Second Reading).
The most notable aspect of the debate for me is how the Conservatives are going out of their way to conflate the WIPO Paracopyright provisions (tied to infringing purposes, no restriction on circumvention tools, etc) and the non-WIPO (beyond-WIPO) Paracopyright provisions.
The hansard for Tuesday, October 18, 2011 includes a transcript of the first day of debate of Bill C-11. The debate is at second reading, after which it will be sent to a committee.
The debate started a little after 10:30, and continued to 14:00 when "Statements by Members" proceedings interrupted. Debate continued after question period (and a point of privilege) at 15:15 and continued (with a few of the normal interruptions) until 18:30.
It is interesting to watch the Judicial Recounts on some of the very close ridings.
Preliminary results predicted the re-election of Bernard Généreux (Conservative) in Montmagny--L'Islet--Kamouraska--Rivière-du-Loup, but the final results are bringing François Lapointe (NDP) into the house.
There are 3 other recounts in process.
I have updated the MP database to reflect current MPs. All 307 sitting MPs should now be correct. If there are issues, let me know. I will work on creating a new letter for people to send Re: C-32.
The missing MP is in the riding of Winnipeg North which has been vacant since April 27, 2010, when Judy Wasylycia-Leis announced her retirement from federal politics. She is running for mayor of Winnipeg.
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