Parliamentary week in review: Nov 13-16

I have done a few weekly reviews of parliament, the previous one being to November 2. Sorry for not keeping up with these as I had intended. Parliament is currently debating a concurrence to committee report from Heritage committee (Broadcasting policy or the telecommunications policy for Canada), which reminded me that I should be posting these summaries. Some very interesting speeches by opposition members, with the Conservative government claiming a discussion of media obstructs/delays their crime bill.

Parliament was in recess for the week of Monday the 5th, and returned on November 13.

November 13, 2007

While discussing an opposition motion on Manufacturing and Forestry, Mr. Paul Crête (Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, BQ) stated (in French) that "We also recommended that the Copyright Act be amended".

Ms. Paule Brunelle (Trois-Rivières, BQ) and Mr. Richard Nadeau (Gatineau, BQ) discussed the cost of obtaining patents (suggesting they were too high, not too low).

Mr. Colin Carrie (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, CPC) discussed a previous Industry committee report as follows, suggesting the government had delivered on many of these recommendations.

Last February, my good friend and colleague, the member Edmonton—Leduc and chairman of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. presented the results of our committee study on the challenges facing Canadian manufacturers. The committee heard from over 100 witnesses and, thanks to the hard work of the member for Edmonton--Leduc, the committee produced 22 unanimous recommendations to our government. These recommendations cover taxation, energy, labour, trade and intellectual property rights protection, as well as regulatory, infrastructure, research and development and commercialization policies.

November 15, 2007

Mr. Mario Silva (Davenport, Lib.) discussed Internet voting in the context of Bill C-6: An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (visual identification of voters).

November 16, 2007

Hon. Mauril Bélanger (Ottawa—Vanier, Lib.) discussed the Canadian Association of Research Libraries in Statements by Members.

(I will continue with the week of November 19 later)