Bill C-59 debate complete (about an hour and 10 mins), bill passed.

It is now 17:00 and the debate is complete. (Hansard transcript now available) A total of 10 people spoke, including the Justice Minister (Hon. Rob Nicholson), and the Justice critics for the Liberals (Hon. Marlene Jennings), Bloc (Réal Ménard) and NDP (Joe Comartin).

The Conservative members that spoke all patted themselves on the back of how they are moving forward on what they thought was an important issue. This discussion included their Heritage chair Gary Schellenberger, and John Baird.

The Liberals seemed to want to get "credit" for the bill, with Ms. Jennings saying that she offered to fast track this bill without any debate at all. She offered additional time for Don H. Bell to promote his primate members Bill C-453, an Act to establish the Canadian Motion Picture Industry Secretariat, which would further privileged the incumbent motion picture industry against their new media competition and against the interests of other Canadians.

The Bloc Justice Critic also spoke entirely in favor of the bill, speaking from the controversial report from the Public Safety Committee which falsely claims that infringement of copyright, patents and other intangible exclusive rights imperils public safety. This report somehow confuses counterfeiting issues, such as invalid application of a CSA approved sticker on hardware that has not met safety tests, with the controversial issues in the 1996 WIPO treaties which largely sacrifice the new media, software and information technology sectors in order to protect outdated business models of the incumbent content industry.

The NDP took this opportunity to draw attention not only to the question of whether the bill will be effective at its stated goals, but also open up the wider debate of copyright policy that needs to happen in parliament. Mr. Comartin spoke first, sharing his time with Mr Charlie Angus (Heritage Critic). Ms. Nash also asked a question of Mr. Angus to allow him more time to elaborate.

Mr. Comartin spoke of the US experience and the fact that even though they passed laws some years ago, and have few convictions, that the US is still by far the largest source of camcording.

Mr. Angus said that this bill may allow Canada to no longer be the "whipping Child" of those who want to find a scapegoat for this problem. Once the bill is passed it may force countries to do proper analysis of the source of unauthorized movies, and suggested that we may find that the source is closer to home (IE: the studios themselves).

He spoke about the need to stop thinking of the Internet as some sort of evil thing, and that enacting legislation from the last century (Such as the 1996 WIPO treaties, authored at a time when the fax machine was novel technology) will not be helpful.

The bill passed at the end of about an hour and 10 minutes of talking, being fast-tracked through 2'nd reading, committee of the whole, reporting, third reading and passed.