Copyright reply from Steven Fletcher, MP for Charleswood - St. James - Assiniboia

The following is an example of the letters sent in reply to constituents sending Mr. Fletcher letters on copyright. This one was sent to Brian Mitchell.

Thank you for your e-mail regarding copyright reform in Canada.

I appreciate you sharing your views on the matter. I assure you that the Government of Canada is aware of the sensitive nature of issues regarding digital rights management. The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and the Honourable Jose Verner, Minister of Heritage are working on new copyright legislation and are considering the concerns of all Canadians.

The Government wants to ensure that there is adequate protection for creators and cultural content, and that the rights of Canadian creators are protected by law. This, however, must be balanced with appropriate access for all Canadians to cultural works.

Updates and further information on the ongoing copyright reform process are available on the Government of Canada web site at:

Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact my office and I welcome your continued support.


Steven Fletcher, MP
Charleswood - St. James - Assiniboia

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Time to update his links...

That site hasn't been updated since the Liberals were in power. Rather symbolic of how important the Conservatives feel consulting the public is..

Telling about this issue.

I think his choice of references is telling of this issue, which is that it isn't treated as partisan. The current Conservative government is simply putting their own slight spin on what the Liberals had already done. Unlike other areas of policy where they don't trust the Liberals, they are even bringing in past Liberal MPs like Douglas Frith (currently with the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association) to "help" them with this area of policy. They are also claiming to fully rely on the consultation carried about under Liberal Sheila Copps, although if the rumours about the bill were correct it completely rejected what Canadians said in that consultation.

Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) consultant.