Government policy may increase trade deficit

On March 4 I sent a letter to Honourable Paul Martin, Prime Minister of Canada, Honourable Paul Bonwick, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, Honourable Reg Alcock, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board. The topic was the WIPO copyright treaties.

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My advise is not to rush to ratify the treaties, but to instead question the validity of these treaties which were the result of a rush to regulate a new media that is not adequately understood. It would be far easier to renegotiate these treaties to bring them in-line with more modern understandings of the Internet and software than to implement this backward-looking policy and have to watch the resulting economic harm and increases in Canada's deficit in "invisibles".