Conservative Party of Canada

John Cummins (Delta - Richmond East, Conservative)

Mr. McOrmond;

John Cummins has asked me to reply to your email. With respect, we now have over 25 such requests to complete surveys or questionnaires, some of them running to over 10 pages. Our candidate does not have the time and will not answer these requests. It is entirely about the best use of his time and energy at this time.

If you have one specific question, please send it on and we will try to answer it. We do not sign pledges as the Election Act forbids that activity.

Eric Sykes
volunteer working for John Cummins.

John Cummins Conservative Campaign HQ
Delta - Richmond East
7751 Steveston Highway
Richmond, BC V7A 1L9
Phone 604 277-6705 Fax 1 866 798-6777

Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) gets some answers to election questions

The future of this country lies with our children and youth. That is why the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) has identified key issues that have an impact on the challenges faced, on a daily basis, by teachers in their efforts to meet the diverse and growing range of children's needs.

See Federal Election page on CTF website. They have a page focused on copyright, and a PDF of their questions and some party replies.

Bev Oda's close ties to broadcast industry (Durham, Conservative Party of Canada)

A recent BLOG posting by Michael Geist includes:

In fact, notwithstanding the Conservatives' claims of accountability, new research indicates that Oda is no stranger to funding support. According to her 2004 riding association data, she accepted thousands of dollars in contributions from the broadcast lobby. Corporate supporters included Alliance Atlantis, Astral Media, Canwest, and CHUM. Oda also attracted a "who's who" of the broadcast community, including Edward Rogers, Leonard Asper, John Cassaday, Douglas Bassett, Andre Bureau, Phil Lind, Gary Slaight, Jay Switzer, Tony Viner, and Glenn O'Farrell, who each ponied up $250 a person at a May 2004 fundraiser.

House of Commons and Copyright issue update from Joy Smith (updated)

The following two letters were sent out to educators on Monday November 14. Routine business went forward, and the petitions were tabled as quoted from Hansard below.

I will be tabling the petitions I have regarding the educational amendment today in the House. We do need to reword some of the petitions for further use, but the ones we have will be tabled today.

The business of the House is being held up by the Bloc's motion.

Reply from Rahim Jaffer, M.P. Re: Copyright and Bill C-60: stepping on the toes of the provinces + diminishing property rights

Rahim Jaffer, M.P. for Edmonton Strathcona, wrote the following letter in email:

Dear Russell, (you can post it if you want)

I acknowledge receipt of your recent correspondence received at my Ottawa office with regards to the copyright law. It is a pleasure for me to have the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

The Conservative Party believes that we must examine and update our copyright legislation in order to ensure that the rights of Canadian creators are adequately protected by law, that these rights are balanced with the opportunity for the public to use copyrighted works for teaching and research, and that enforcement is applied fairly and in accordance with international standards. The private copying regime in Canada entitles an individual to make copies of sound recordings of musical works for that person’s personal use. Currently, the most important role government can play is one of education in working with industry to develop a public education campaign to better inform users and creators on the copyright laws in Canada . Bill C-60 will be reviewed carefully before given support.

I hope that this information has cleared some of your concerns, if you would like more detailed information I would invite you to contact the Official Opposition critic for -industry, Mr. James Rajotte, M.P. You may also call me directly at my Edmonton office to schedule an appointment; you may contact Ms. Michele Art at 780-495-8404. I look forward to meeting with you.


Rahim Jaffer, M.P.
Edmonton Strathcona

Conservative MP Joy Smith speaks out on issue of educational use of Internet

The Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, Joy Smith, plans to raise the issue of educational use of the Internet as part of the adjournment proceeding at 6:30pm on November 2 in the House of Commons. This is a postponement from an earlier possibility of October 24.

The Canadian Teachers' Federation has been trying to keep their members up-to-date on this issue, and sent messages out to teachers. The suggestion was for educators and concerned parents to show up to parliament hill and be in the gallery. This way Ms. Smith could indicate their presence to lend additional importance to her call for needed amendments to Bill C-60.

Gordon O'Connor replies to constituent questions about Bill C-60

A resident of Stittsville, Charles McDonald, received a reply to a letter he sent to his MP about Bill C-60.

At this point, the Bill has only passed First Reading and will not to come up for Second Reading until this fall. The Official Opposition is currently examining this bill. Mr. O'Connor will review the implications of this bill with Bev Oda, the Official Opposition Heritage Critic, prior to the Second Reading. In the meantime I will inform Mr. O'Connor of your concerns on the implications of this bill on the free market and business innovation.

James Moore, MP, replies to constituent question about copyright.

James Moore, MP, Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, wrote a reply to a constituent question about copyright.

OTTAWA, June 22, 2005, Peter Kieser

Dear Mr. Kieser:

Thank you for taking the time to communicate your concerns regarding Bill C-60, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, tabled in the House of Commons June 20, 2005.

With rapidly changing technology and information management, I recognize that Canada's copyright laws are in need of review with respect to file sharing and digital media. But, as you suggested, this reform must balance copyright protection with enhancements for the free flow of information in all its forms.

Request for clarification of Conservative Party Policy Declaration (copyright, patent, etc)

The following was sent in an email to key Conservative members of parliament.

As we head into an election, our community would appreciate answers some questions so that they can be used to help in our decision about who to support. While the questions are my own, I am trying to represent a group of new-media creators and audiences. The questions will focus on patent and copyright, including both domestic and foreign policy perspectives on these areas of policy. We wish to receive clarifications of some of the related policy statements from the March 19, 2005 policy declaration.

Conservative Party Policy includes statement on Copyright.

The following came under "F) Economic Development" in their
Policy Declaration (PDF readers)

34. Intellectual Property -- Patent Legislation

The Conservative Party will create a process to allow the patent holder to restore time lost on 20 year patent protection due to delays in government approvals.

35. Copyright Legislation

i) The Conservative Party believes that the objectives of copyright legislation should be:

a) to create opportunities for Canadian creators to enjoy the fruits of their labour to the greatest possible extent;

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