Oda Funding Controversy May Derail Broadcast and Copyright Policy

Mr Geist's weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) takes stock off the brewing controversy over Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda's fundraising activities. With the Hill Times running a lead story on her 2005 fundraiser and persistent questions in the House of Commons, it is becoming apparent that this issue is quickly becoming a liability for the Conservative government.

Charlie Angus, MP for Timmins--James Bay and Heritage Critic for the NDP, has been the person raising the profile of this issue in the House of Commons.

A big "Thank You" to Mr. Angus from the independent creator community and average Canadians for this MP that represent us. We only wish the Conservative Minister or the Liberal critic were as balanced. While I have been trying to meet with Liberal Heritage critic Mr. Mauril Bélanger for the past few years, I have thus far been unsucessful.