Parliamentary week in review: Nov 19-23, Nov 26-30

Previous reviews: Nov 13-16, Oct 29-Nov2.

Nothing interesting to report for the week of November 19-23.

November 27, 2007

A motion was moved that the first report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, tabled on Wednesday, November 21, 2007, be concurred in. This suggested that changes to the Broadcasting Policy for Canada or the Canadian Telecommunications Policy be first put before the House through the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for its consideration.

The debate included discussion of media concentration, the roll of media in a democracy, and many issues of interest to our community. Members in discussion include Mrs. Maria Mourani (Ahuntsic, BQ), Mr. Yves Lessard (Chambly—Borduas, BQ), Mr. Marc Lemay (Abitibi—Témiscamingue, BQ), Hon. Jim Abbott (Parliamentary Secretary for Canadian Heritage, CPC), Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP), Hon. Keith Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, Lib.), Mr. James Bezan (Selkirk—Interlake, CPC), Mr. Wayne Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, NDP), Hon. Joe Comuzzi (Thunder Bay—Superior North, CPC), Mr. Jean-Yves Roy (Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia, BQ), Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP), Mr. Luc Malo (Verchères—Les Patriotes, BQ), Ms. Paule Brunelle (Trois-Rivières, BQ), Mr. Thierry St-Cyr (Jeanne-Le Ber, BQ), Mr. Raynald Blais (Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine, BQ), Ms. Christiane Gagnon (Québec, BQ), Ms. Diane Bourgeois (Terrebonne—Blainville, BQ).

Some of the discussion was on-topic, and some of the discussion was about opposition to the fact that the discussion was happening at all.

It should be noted how many participants were from the province of Québec. This will be important on future Copyright policy given it is rumored that the Conservatives will be seeking support from the Bloc for their bill to implement US-originating copyright policy in Canada.

November 30, 2007

Mr. Dean Allison (Niagara West—Glanbrook, CPC) tabled a petition that, "states that all Canadians deserve the right to own property and that the property be protected from undue seizure".

I have been trying to reschedule for several months a meeting that was firs scheduled in March to discuss Open Source and Copyright (Replying to a letter about Bob Young, founder of RedHat, etc).