Liberal Party of Canada

Service providers must beware informed consumers

CBC's Peter Nowak interviews Liberal Scott Brison, incumbent MP for Kings-Hants in Nova Scotia. Brison is now the industry critic, the Liberals' counterpoint to Minister of Industry Jim Prentice.

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.

Marc Garneau, Technology, the Web

Hugh McGuire interviewed Liberal Candidate Marc Garneau in the Wesmount-Ville Marie by-election. The statement seems to be similar to other Liberals, which is that they don't like C-61 or the way it was brought forward without consultations, but refuse to offer any starting point for where they will go with this policy in the future.

A trademark on "Green Shift"?

I sometimes find peoples ideas about trademark law to be silly. The original point of trademark law was a form of consumer protection so that there would be less confusion in the marketplace, and that a mark used in trade could inform consumers about the origins and history of the producer.

I see no way there could be confusion in the "marketplace" between The Green Shift political campaign from the Liberal party of Canada, and the Green Shift company in Toronto, and yet according to a Globe and Mail article the owner of the company is threatening to sue.

More from the Liberals Critic of consumers/citizens

A Reuters article has an intereting quote.

The Opposition Liberal party slammed the legislation as a half-baked measure that neglected consulting all sides.

"How are you going to enforce this when existing jurisprudence doesn't allow you to walk into someone's home?" asked Liberal Dan McTeague.

I think it is harmful for the Liberals to have their most out-of-touch MP being thought of as their spokesperson on this issue. He title may be "Consumer affairs critic", but he seems to spend most of his time being critical of the legitimate affairs of consumers.

51'st State: It's US vs U.S. in the battle for Canadian Sovereignty

Gordon Duggan at Appropriation Art has published a comic (PDF) about Canadian Copyright revision. It is a classic battle of good vs. evil of comic proportions where the "Evil Emissaries of American Interests try to suppress the Fantastic Freedom of Expression Fighters".

The cast of characters is somehow familiar.

Evil Emissaries (Or just misinformed?): Harper, Bush, Prentice, Henderson, McTeague, Wilkins, Feinstein / Cronyn, Schwarzenegger, Glickman, Frith, Oda

Fantastic Freedom Fighters: Angus, Doctorow, Geist, Knopf, Murray, Page, McOrmond

Where Do The Liberals Stand on Copyright? Dan McTeague the anti-consumer critic

Michael Geist BLOGS about Liberal Dan McTeague's exposing of himself as Canada's proponent of USA DMCA style legislation in Canada. Rafael Ruffolo writes in IT World Canada about the same event.

It is hard to be critical of Industry Minister Jim Prentice as he seems to be unaware of many of the key policy areas in his portfolio (Digital Copyright, Telecom policy, Net Neutrality), while there are Liberals like Mr. McTeague who are aware of and come out as strong opponents to policy protecting competition and consumers.

Liberal MP Dan McTeague participates in panel on "Copyright & Intellectual Property Rights and Protection in Canada"

Pickering - Scarborough East MP Dan Mcteague will be participating in a panel (Free Webcast) with some people who are suggested to be "like minded" people. I am posting this so that voters will take a look at that panel, take a look at other things said by this Liberal MP, and decide whether this person represents the views of Canadians going forward.

  • Honourable Dan McTeague, MP, Vice-Chair. Standing Committee on Industry Science & Technology
  • Deane Cameron, President, EMI Music
  • Leslie Ann Coles, Award Winning Film Producer & Actress
  • Giuseppina D'Agostino, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.
  • Graham Henderson, President, Canadian Recording Industry Association
  • Jason J. Kee, Director Policy & Legal Affairs, Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC)
  • Duncan McKie, President & CEO, Canadian Independent Record Production Association
  • Wendy Noss, Acting Executive Director , Canadian Motion Picture Association

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion Announces Critic Shuffle

A Liberal party media release details the critic shuffle.

Specific to our areas of policy, Denis Coderre (Bourassa) becomes the Liberal Critic for Canadian Heritage, la Francophonie and Official Languages. This replaces L'hon. Mauril Bélanger (Ottawa Vanier). This change returns us to the most common situation where Heritage Ministers and critics primarily come from Quebec, something I mention each time I'm talking to fellow activists.

Hon. Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Liberal) on Copyright and "Intellectual property"

I try to stay non-partisan on this issue. I do not know if the words of Hon. Hedy Fry represent the thinking of the Heritage Committee or the Liberal Party of Canada. I believe it is incumbent on all Canadian citizens to talk to their MPs and ask them if these words reflect their own thinking. I guess I have to reveal my hope that politicians which have such antiquated ideas about the knowledge economy will either retire on their own or otherwise replaced with younger, more experienced politicians.

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