Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage demands copyright bill

The members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage have tabled a report where they make the following statement:

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage recommends that the Government Bill entitled “An Act to amend the Copyright Act” for which notice was given on December 7th 2007, once introduced and read a first time, be referred to a Special Joint Committee made up of members or associate members of the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage and of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology before second reading.

While I applaud calling for a special committee rather than the bill being studied by Heritage, I believe we would be better to be doing proper study of issues without a bill to be making reasonable conversation harder. I have also been appalled by the committee studies thus far which haven't brought in adequate witnesses, and don't allow time for the required understanding of the extremely complex issues being discussed.

It is important to note that it is Liberals that are really pushing for this bill. From the minutes:

Hedy Fry moved, — That the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage recommend that the Government Bill entitled “An Act to amend the Copyright Act” for which notice was given on December 7th 2007, once introduced and read a first time, be referred to a Special Joint Committee made up of members or associate members of the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage and the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology before second reading.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to.

On motion of Mauril Bélanger, it was agreed, — That the motion be reported to the House.