Conservative Party of Canada

Reply to questions from Mr James Rajotte (Conservative, Edmonton--Leduc)

Dear Mr. McOrmond,

Thank you for your comments in your e-mail of June 2. I enjoyed your testimony in front of the standing committee with respect to C-2.

I wanted to raise several comments and policies with you.

The Conservative Party platform states that Stephen Harper will encourage a competitive intellectual property regime in Canada. This issue is particulary important with respect to health care, and with respect to improving our productivity.

In addition, I have written in the Hill Times that intellectual property is strongly linked to innovation. Of the 10 companies that filed the most patents in Canada in 2001, only one was headquartered in Canada - Nortel. Entities from foreign countries filed 29,000 more patents than Canadians in 2001.

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