Bloc Québécois

Discussing campaign finance and TV debate reform

A Winnipeg Free Press article discusses the race in Saanich--Gulf Islands. Candidates in this district include incumbent Hon. Gary Lunn who was previously Minister of Natural Resources, and leader of the Green Party Elizabeth May.

Although May is an opponent of nuclear power, Linda Keen said the Green leader's fair-minded approach makes her a preferable alternative to Gary Lunn, Keen's former boss and May's Conservative opponent in the Vancouver Island riding of Saanich-Gulf Island

While unrelated to technology law or nuclear power, I want to discuss and get feedback from this community on a few questions: Should Ms. May should be included in the television debates? What criteria we should use? What are your thoughts on campaign finance reform?

Thoughts on C-32 committee members from the Bloc Québécois

Of the 12 members of the C-32 committee, two of them were from the Bloc Québécois. Carole Lavallée (Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert) and Serge Cardin (Sherbrooke) were there at each meeting, with Guy André (Berthier—Maskinong) being on-hand for one meeting just in case there was a vote (He didn't speak that I am aware of).

I believe the questions directed at me when I had an opportunity to speak before the committee were typical of what I heard other meetings.

Industry Canada Proposes Changes to Spam Bill as Lobbyists Demand More

Michael Geist reports on some lobbying being done to water down an anti-SPAM bill.

At yesterday's hearing, it was discouraging to see lobbyists for Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Intellectual Property Council huddling with Liberal MPs before the start of the hearing. It was even more incredible to see lobbyists for the Canadian Real Estate Association draft a series of questions about the bill, hand them to a Bloc MP, and have them posed to the witnesses moments later.
Consider writing to your MP or the members of the Industry Committee today asking them to support C-27 with an opt-in approach.

I recommend writing to your MP, asking them to forward the letter to committee members. This may increase the impact.

Update: The Copyright Lobby's Secret Pressure On the Anti-Spam Bill, which is referenced via BoingBoing.

Effect of political turmoil on copyright?

I have been asked a few times what the impact on copyright is of the current political turmoil. The general feeling is that even before the current situation, the economic crisis would already have pushed issues like copyright to the back burner of any party. It has been stated by much better political observers than I am that, even while mentioned in the recent throne speech and in the Conservative party platform, that copyright won't show up any time soon.

Canadian Federal General Election called for October 14

The by-elections are now being extended into a general election. As of the dissolving of this parliament the seat standing was as follows:

Conservatives 127
Liberal 95
Bloc 48
NDP 30
Green 1
Independent 3
Vacant 4.

Copyright as an Election Issue?

Howard Knopf highlights that copyright came up in the meeting between Gilles Duceppe, the Bloc Québécois leader, and Prime Minister Harper on August 30.

It is not known whether the Bloc's lack of enthusiasm for Bill C-61 is because it goes too far or doesn't go far enough.

I also suspect the fact that C-61 tromps all over provincial jurisdiction (technological measures are really about eCommerce, contract and tangible property law) was also not a topic of conversation. So much for the alleged purpose of the Bloc in federal politics.

Rogers - We Won't Just Hand Customer Information Over to CRIA

An article on ZeroPaid by Drew Wilson is a followup on a story about how the Bloc wanted ISPs to be more liable for infringement by their customers. A spokesperson from Rogers Communications Inc., one of Canada's largest ISPs, spoke to them on the issue of ISP liability.

The Bloc targets ISPs, but what are ISPs?

A constituent received a letter from Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe on Bill C-61 that looks quite similar to what we saw from Bloc MP Thierry St-Cyr. The message: we somehow have to fulfill some obligation to ratify the WIPO treaties that the Liberal federal government signed, and the Bloc is worried that ISPs aren't being held more responsible for infringement.

Now here is my personal problem. Bill C-61 is an omnibus bill, with the majority of the bill being about "technological measures". A colleague did a work count of the English text and found that this component of the bill takes up over a third. If we were able to talk about ISP liability as an independent topic, I would have a more nuanced position that lies somewhere between no liability and the Bloc position of scapegoating communications providers.

Bloc MP suggests C-61 doesn't go far enough?

A constituent in the Quebec riding of Jeanne-Le Ber received a reply from their Bloc MP Thierry St-Cyr, and posted it to the Montreal mailing list. This is the previous riding of past Heritage Minister Liza Frulla, and one of the ridings that Mr. Geist identified as having a "Copyright MP" given it has two key attributes - the sitting MP won their riding by 10 percent or less in the last election and their riding is home to a university.

Maka Kotto resigned seat in March, Maria Mourani earlier took critic position

Maka Kotto resigned his seat in March to run in provincial politics. He was the Heritage critic for the Bloc, and that position is now held by Maria Mourani.

The parliamentary website lists her occupation as: Criminologist, probation officer, rehabilitation counsellor, researcher, sociologist, teaching assistant.

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