Burnaby - Douglas

Riding Information: Burnaby - Douglas

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Member of Parliament for Burnaby-Douglas / Burnaby - Douglas (Via Parl.gc.ca)

Name: Kennedy Stewart (Via Parl.gc.ca)
e-Mail: <Kennedy.Stewart@parl.gc.ca>
Party: New Democratic Party

Delays in summary posting: Super (copyright) Tuesday.

Apologies that my post on todays meeting will be late. After committee this morning I met with Kennedy Stewart (NDP MP from Burnaby—Douglas) to discuss Bill C-11 and petitions, then a regular work day.

I then headed to Carleton University to a meeting with technology students, professors, Liberal MP Hon. Geoff Regan (Halifax West, on the C-11 committee), Liberal Senator Hon. Wilfred P. Moore, CIPPIC staff lawyer Tamir Israel and myself.

Bill C-11 house debate day 4

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.

The problems are in two areas, and I will refer to the first. Briefly, it is constitutional. The constitutional problem is simple to describe. Copyright is clearly an area of federal jurisdiction, whereas property rights are provincial. To the extent that we have intruded into property rights, we have a problem. This has been described in a learned article published by professors Crowne-Mohammed and Rozenszajn, both from the University of Windsor, in the Journal of Information, Law and Technology in which the authors describe the problem this way:

The DRM provisions of Bill C-61 represent a poorly veiled attempt by the Government to strengthen the contractual rights available to copyright owners, in the guise of copyright reform and the implementation of Canada's international obligations.

Let us de-link them. Let us protect the rights and protect copyright reform without acceding to pressure from U.S. interests, which want to have excessively restrictive controls in the form of digital locks. That is setting aside the constitutional issue.

Rookie MP Kennedy Stewart - SFU rock musician

Rookie MP for Burnaby - Douglas Kennedy Stewart is said to be a Simon Fraser University public-policy professor, as well as a former rock 'n' roll musician.

I don't yet know Mr. Stewart, but it would be interesting to have someone with a background in both public policy and music involved in future Copyright debates. He may be able to move away from the pure emotional demands towards an evidence-based public policy goal. There is often a disconnect in Copyright between problems that are identified and proposed solutions which often make the problem worse (TPMs, misapplied compulsory licenses, "stronger" rather than better copyright).

Election 2008: Past members of Heritage committee


  • Gary Schellenberger (Perth—Wellington, Conservative, Chair) re-elected
  • Maria Mourani (Ahuntsic, Bloc, co-chair) re-elected
  • Andy Scott (Liberal, co-chair) did not run
  • Jim Abbott (Kootenay—Columbia, Conservative) re-elected
  • Michael D. Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills, Conservative) re-elected
  • Dean Del Mastro (Peterborough, Conservative) re-elected
  • Denis Coderre (Bourassa, Liberal) re-elected
  • Ed Fast (Abbotsford, Consrvative) re-elected
  • Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Liberal) re-elected
  • Luc Malo (Verchères—Les Patriotes, Bloc) re-elected
  • Bill Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP) re-elected
  • Francis Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis, Liberal) re-elected

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.

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