Burnaby - Douglas

Canada’s Copyright party is … the NDP?

In many of the comments about Bill C-61 on BLOGS all across Canada you can hear people saying that all the parties are the same, and that we need a Canadian Pirate Party. The Pirate Party (Swedish: Piratpartiet) is a political party in Sweden that focus on one issue: reforming of so-called "Intellectual Property" laws such as patent, copyright, trademark and other related laws (also called PCT) to better integrate with a modern technological and participatory society.

There is, however, something exciting happening in one party that warrants a closer look for those who think fair copyright reform is important, and that is the NDP.

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See also: Copyright in Canada by Jon Newton which hilights a number of related articles.

Burnaby-Douglas MP Bill Siksay on Bill C-61

Burnaby-Douglas Link is a monthly publication produced by Hon. MP Bill Siksay's office and is sent to every household in the Burnaby-Douglas riding. On the front cover of Burnaby-Douglas Link's July 2008 issue (png image), MP Siksay discusses in length the negative impacts that Bill C-61 will bring upon Canadians and describes his position on the said bill. The following is a text copy.

Dear Friends,

As I write, Parliament has just recessed for the summer.

C-552: An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act (Internet Neutrality)

Charlie Angus has tabled Private Members Bill C-522. The following is the excerpt from Hansard where Mr. Angus tabled the bill.

Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-552, An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act (Internet Neutrality).

Michael Geist: The Copyright MPs

Michael Geist has identified a group of 27 MPs (nine percent of all MPs) who share two key attributes - they won their riding by 10 percent or less in the last election and their riding is home to a university. The combination is important since it is these MPs - not the very safe Jim Prentice - who will face the consequences of the Prentice bill that will harm a generation well versed in digital technologies, social networks, and the Internet.

Current members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC)

(Note: This is out of date. New committee not yet formed).

Copyright policy is the joint responsibility of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Industry. Two committees of the House of Commons are therefore the key members who are most likely to be studying this topic and related bills.

Members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC)

Layton announces new NDP shadow cabinet

The NDP has announced a new shadow cabinet. Surprisingly, Bill Siksay (Burnaby-Douglas) has replaced Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) as Heritage critic.

Peggy Nash (Parkdale-High Park) replaces Brian Masse (Windsor West) as primary Industry critic. this means that Ms. Nash will now play a larger roll in Copyright policy, bringing her back to some of the debates which brought her into the house in the first place.

This may also suggest that there will be changes in who sits on the various parliamentary committees.

Hon. MP Bill Siksay on copyright legislation in Canada

Responding to an edited letter sent by me through Digital Copyright Canada's "Send a letter to your member of parliament" campaign, the Honourable MP Bill Siksay of Burnaby-Douglas has kindly sent me the following reply.

Dear Mr. Lee,

Thank you for your most recent letter about copyright legislation in Canada. As I have stated before, copyright is always a difficult balancing act between the fair use of the consumer and fair remuneration for artists. What has made the issue more difficult is the explosive growth of digital technologies in recent years.

Burnaby-Douglas MP Bill Siksay Re-elected

The Honourable MP Bill Siksay (NDP), who signalled the will to oppose Bill C-60 in the last Parliament, has also been re-elected by the people of Burnaby-Douglas in Canada's 39th General Election.

Related: "Looking at some specific results"

Bill Siksay (Burnaby - Douglas, New Democratic Party)

RE: Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic Questionnaire

Attached please find the response of the New Democratic Party to the CIPPIC 2006 Election Survey. It is the policy of our party to respond to surveys on behalf of all New Democratic candidates.

I would also invite you to consult our platform at www.ndp.ca for more information on the issues you raise in your questionnaire.

Thank you for your interest in the views of the New Democratic Party on the critical issues facing Canadians.

I appreciate your efforts to help voters make an informed decision on voting day.

Sincerely,
Bill Siksay, MP
Burnaby-Douglas

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