Parliamentary week in review: December 3 - 7

Previous review: Nov 26-30

Note: I am only doing specific keyword searches against the Hansard. If you notice something interesting that I missed, please comment!

December 4, 2007

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP) brought up in question period an issue with the Passport Canada website leaking private information. He received a response from Hon. Maxime Bernier (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC)

There was ongoing debate about motion M-315, tabled by Mr. Dean Allison (Niagara West—Glanbrook, CPC) back in April which read, "That, in the opinion of the House, the government should amend Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to extend property rights to Canadians."

While I am a strong supporter of property rights, as can be seen by the Petition to protect IT property Rights I authored and am coordinating, I don't believe property rights should be added to the charter. This summary isn't the place for this discussion, which would require references to discussions one would normally only hear in a property law course.

This motion failed when voted on Dec 5.

December 6, 2007

In the context of discussing the Special Import Measures Act, Mrs. Nina Grewal (Fleetwood—Port Kells, CPC) stated:

Furthermore, the government has recently decided to join other WTO members in formal WTO consultations with China. These are consultations that focus on China's enforcement of intellectual property rights and on certain Chinese subsidy programs.

The consultations will provide opportunities for Canada to relay the concerns of Canadian stakeholders to Chinese authorities and to assess China's latest steps in both areas to bring its regime into compliance with its WTO obligations.

Most important

Order Paper and Notice Paper, No. 34, for Monday, December 10, 2007 11:00 a.m.

No. 3 December 7, 2007 — The Minister of Industry — Bill entitled “An Act to amend the Copyright Act”.