Embarrassing Bill C-59 now part of today's fast tracking

At the end of Question Period the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Hon. Peter Van Loan, stood up to ask if the house had unanimous consent for a motion that described what would happen for the rest of the day (what time limits would exist, etc) (See: Hansard). Later he added further that specific bills would be deemed referred to the committee of the whole, concurred in, read a third time and passed. This included Bill C-59, the anti-camcording bill that is highly controversial in that there is no demonstrated need (evidence only from largely foreign special interest groups). The extreme fast tracking of this bill demonstrates the willingness of all parliamentarians to pass bills without requiring any evidence.

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Letter to MPs.

The following letter was sent to my current MP for Ottawa South, and my past MP for Ottawa Vanier.

Dear Mr. David McGuinty, and Hon. Mauril Bélanger

While nobody is supporting people recording movies without permission, the way in which this bill was introduced without independent evidence of need (existing laws were seen as sufficient) is controversial. This bill is now in an extreme form of fast-track, which shows how all parliamentarians seem to be willing to pass bills based entirely on the request of special economic interest groups.

The most positive thing that can be said about the bill is that it isn't as bad as the omnibus Bill C-60 from the previous government which had many components that were equally not evidence based.

Here are the articles that have been written for our website on this bill and the related "issue": Bill C-59 / Camcording

Thank you for reading.

Russell McOrmond
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Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant:
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