Copyright important enough to change votes?

While watching a TV Ontario show last night (See BLOG post) with a panel on Copyright I heard a familiar statement: That Copyright is too distant an issue from people to actually change their votes.

This isn't what I have been hearing. I just read yet another comment to a BLOG posting about the response from NDP's Charlie Angus (and now their leader) of a person who previously voted Conservative that is thinking of switching all the way over to the NDP because of this issue!

I do not consider this a partisan issue, but one that comes down to individual caucus members. The NDP had one MP retire and Charlie Angus newly elected in 2004, which is what brought the progressive position. The NDP were previously seen as the least progressive on Copyright and new economy issues. The risk for those focusing on party brands rather than individual MPs is that the caucus could change again, and the NDP could revert back to their old ways.

The members of all the parties really need to spend this time over the winter break to figure this issue out. This issue may have been obscure in the past, but we are now talking about the fundamental rules that will define the shape of the new economy.

The next election might just live by the phrase "it is the economy, stupid" and those politicians on the wrong side of the Copyright debate may be turfed out.

I know that I vote based on knowledge economy issues, as I believe all other issues (including the environment) flow from there. While my current MP in Ottawa South is Liberal, and Copyright isn't his personal primary issue, he has been very helpful to me in bringing this issue to other parliamentarians. If one of the other parties offered an electable forward-facing candidate on this critical area of policy, my vote would go with them: regardless of what party banner they run under.