Canada Votes 2006

The Canadian federal election is called for January 23, 2006.

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.

Durham
Bev Oda, possibly the new Minister of Heritage.

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

The luddite election

This ITBusiness article by Shane Schick includes:

Technology issues ranked low among candidate concerns this year
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With the exception of the Liberals’ Sam Bulte, whose controversial campaign event single-handedly put copyright reform on the national radar, most of the industry’s efforts to grab candidates’ attention went largely ignored. ITAC and CATA, who ran their own campaigns around productivity and commercialization, probably expected as much.
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Tomorrow, ITBusiness.ca will look at what the future holds for Canadian IT with the election’s victor. Don’t blame the industry if they count themselves among the defeated.

Voting begins amid warning about bogus election e-mail

A CBC news article includes:

Elections Canada said the bogus e-mail bears the agency's logo and the name of Jean-Pierre Kingsley, chief electoral officer, and incorrectly states that people can vote on two days – Monday and Tuesday.

"The only polling day is Monday, Jan. 23," Elections Canada said in a statement posted on its website.

Election online chat: tell us what you think about the election.

If anyone is wanting to chat about the election with fellow Digital Copyright activists, please join the channel #DigitalCopyrightCanada on irc.oftc.net.

If you know of other chat locations or BLOGS, or want to offer your thoughts about the election, please add a comment. (Note: For those who have posted off-topic comments elsewhere, I'll leave off-topic comments attached to this posting. I will only edit for legal issues such as the antiquated media blackout or inappropriate language for a public website accessed by all ages).

Mary Woo Sims (Port Moody - Westwood - Port Coquitlam, New Democratic Party)

Dear Russell McOrmond:

My apologies for the delay in responding to your email as it has been extremely busy and I have been trying to personally respond to emails and questionnaires that voters are sending me.

Thank you for your informative letter and questions concerning copyright law. I have read the response of Jack Layton and the NDP to the CIPPIC and agree with it.

Upon reading your letter, it became apparent to me that to be well briefed on this subject it will take more research and time that is available to me during the election campaign.

I will commit to you, that if elected, I will make it a priority to investigate the issues around copyright law and their implications. Your letter has made me much more aware of its importance and I will do everything possible to ensure I am well informed on the subject.

Thank you again for your letter.

Mary Woo Sims
NDP Candidate for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam

Mauril Bélanger (Ottawa - Vanier, Liberal Party of Canada)

Dear Mr. McOrmond,

Thank you for your email of January 10, 2006, regarding technology law. I appreciate you enclosing a link to the in-depth survey provided to you by the Liberal party on technology issues. This survey outlines the Liberal party's position on these issues and is your best source of information.

It is worth adding a couple of additional points:

On June 20, 2005, the Ministers of Canadian Heritage and Industry jointly introduced a bill, C-60, to amend the Copyright Act. This Bill did not make it through the legislative process before the opposition forced an early election. The Bill would have made it possible to improve protection for works placed online, and at the same time clarify the responsibilities of internet service providers with respect to the dissemination of works protected by copyright.

Matt G. Greenwood (Kamloops - Thompson - Cariboo, Green Party of Canada)

Hi there Russell

First, my sincere apologies for the lateness of my reply. I had meant to get to all of this much sooner, but things being what they are on a small campaign, this is the first "day off" I've had in quite awhile!

I'll try to answer your questions in order. I'd certainly agree to having the answers published, though I recognize that there's little point so late in the game. Again, my apologies.

* There has been a call from people like Michael Geist for candidates and parties to take the "copyright pledge" that states that:

I would take that pledge in a second.

Keith Fountain (Ottawa Centre, Conservative Party of Canada)

Mr. McOrmond,

Thank you for your very in depth letter concerning technology law. While I cannot claim to be an expert in this domain, I will do my best to answer the questionairre.

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1. Copyright Law and Technical Protection Measures
Do you agree that we need legislation to protect Canadians from harmful technologies like the Sony-BMG rootkit DRM?

Answer:

Industries should be forced to label all products which use DRM (or related technologies) in an obvious manner so that consumers are aware what will be install their system if they purchace the product. This would enhance consumer knowledge, which is important. Furthermore, it should not be legal for a content distributer to install software on consumers' hardware without asking for their consent (through an informative dialog).

Jennifer Burgis (Saanich - Gulf Islands, New Democratic Party)

Jennifer Burgis
Federal NDP candidate
Saanich and the Gulf Islands.

Hello Russel

Sorry for the delay in replying to your complicated issues. Thank you for taking time to contact us.
The federal NDP has an official response and I send it.
The NDP response is attached.

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