Ottawa XPress: My House of Commons includes the arts

This article by Stuart Trew includes:

But when XPress called Oda to confirm her statement, she offered a watered-down version, more in line with the party platform and the vague statement of support the Conservatives sent the Canadian Conference Free Will Astrology of the Arts in response to its own survey.

I sent the following as a comment:

Issue not a trivial answer

I am very involved in this area of policy as a self-employed author of software and non-software literary works. I'm also host for the website. I recently posted an article describing the complexities.

Many politicians just respond with "We are very much in support of protecting creative rights.", but this statement has no meaning given the policy debates are not a "yes or no" question, but about the very different and often incompatible methods proposed to protect creative rights.


"One side believes that protecting the incumbent intermediaries (publishers, major labels, major media, etc) protects creativity. There is no shortage of intermediaries who claim to represent creators, just as there is never an end to employers who believe that unions are bad for employees as the interests of the company should be the only interests of employees.

"The other side of the debate believes that protecting the right of creators and their audiences to " make their own choices, including the right to "skip the intermediaries". They want the right to explore a full spectrum of methods of production, distribution and funding, and believe that this is needed for there to be any future Canadian creativity.

Russell McOrmond