Reply from Rahim Jaffer, M.P. Re: Copyright and Bill C-60: stepping on the toes of the provinces + diminishing property rights

Rahim Jaffer, M.P. for Edmonton Strathcona, wrote the following letter in email:

Dear Russell, (you can post it if you want)

I acknowledge receipt of your recent correspondence received at my Ottawa office with regards to the copyright law. It is a pleasure for me to have the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

The Conservative Party believes that we must examine and update our copyright legislation in order to ensure that the rights of Canadian creators are adequately protected by law, that these rights are balanced with the opportunity for the public to use copyrighted works for teaching and research, and that enforcement is applied fairly and in accordance with international standards. The private copying regime in Canada entitles an individual to make copies of sound recordings of musical works for that person’s personal use. Currently, the most important role government can play is one of education in working with industry to develop a public education campaign to better inform users and creators on the copyright laws in Canada . Bill C-60 will be reviewed carefully before given support.

I hope that this information has cleared some of your concerns, if you would like more detailed information I would invite you to contact the Official Opposition critic for -industry, Mr. James Rajotte, M.P. You may also call me directly at my Edmonton office to schedule an appointment; you may contact Ms. Michele Art at 780-495-8404. I look forward to meeting with you.


Rahim Jaffer, M.P.
Edmonton Strathcona

He was replying to the following letter:

From: Russell McOrmond
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 12:35 PM
To: Jaffer, Rahim - M.P.
Subject: Copyright and Bill C-60: stepping on the toes of the provinces, and diminishing property rights.

Back in March during the Conservative Policy convention I heard you mention the Internet during a speech. I figure you are one of those MPs who understand technology, and can help ensure that government policy protects new innovation rather than stiffling it.

As a Conservative I suspect policy which might step on the toes of the provinces and diminish property rights would be of interest, and thus am forwarding to you a letter I recently wrote to the Minister of International trade.

Thank you.

FYI, we have a Edmonton--Strathcona section of our BLOG. I can publish what you write to help demonstrate to your constituents your involvement in this area of policy.

Attached to my letter was a copy of the letter: Replying to Honourable James Scott Peterson, Minister of International Trade, on Copyright.