Liberal Party of Canada

Letter to Honourable Stéphane Dion, Leader of the Official Opposition: Ideas for Canada

Date: December 19, 2006
Dear Honourable Stéphane Dion,
Official Leader of the Opposition

Copy to David McGuinty, my MP for Ottawa-South,

Your bulk letter from the party suggested people should send you their comments and ideas for Canada. I live in the riding of Ottawa-South, and have been an activist for ideas that directly or indirectly relate to what you call your three-pillared approach.

Most recently my time has been dedicated to cultural and innovation policy, including patents, copyrights and trademarks. I'm part of the international movement that supports what people at the UN call "open collaborative methods to produce public goods".

Mauril Bélanger (Ottawa - Vanier, Liberal Party of Canada)

Dear Mr. McOrmond,

Thank you for your email of January 10, 2006, regarding technology law. I appreciate you enclosing a link to the in-depth survey provided to you by the Liberal party on technology issues. This survey outlines the Liberal party's position on these issues and is your best source of information.

It is worth adding a couple of additional points:

On June 20, 2005, the Ministers of Canadian Heritage and Industry jointly introduced a bill, C-60, to amend the Copyright Act. This Bill did not make it through the legislative process before the opposition forced an early election. The Bill would have made it possible to improve protection for works placed online, and at the same time clarify the responsibilities of internet service providers with respect to the dissemination of works protected by copyright.

What will the future hold? Post your thoughts on the election!

Reading the article about various "Arts groups" reinterpreting Bev Oda's words different ways makes me think about how there can equally be spin on our issues with each of the parties.

I will post my own thoughts on the parties that had seats in the last parliament, with the hope that people will add their own comments over the next day and offer their own thoughts.

While the Green party has consistently had the most interesting platform, the Canadian candidates don't have a Canadian record to look at. I see no evidence that any other party without seats in the last parliament has a chance this time, so as interesting as their ideas may be they won't be part of the "chosen 308".

Libs make it tough to like them

The Hill Times published a letter to the editor I sent to them earlier.

While the Liberals don't have policy documents, the party has answered critical technology law questions that The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) asked.

The Liberals started by insulting us on their answer to the first question, entirely dismissing the concerns of many Canadians, including computer and security experts.

Andy Scott (Fredericton, Liberal)

The campaign office sent a coyy of the Liberal party answers to CIPPIC's questions.

Ted Haney (Calgary - Nose Hill, Liberal)

Sent a copy of the Liberal party response to CIPPIC.

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.

p2pnet: Canadian election Net, Tech Q and A

This p2pnet article puts all the CIPPIC answers received so far in a simple format.

However, CIPPIC (Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic) hasn't forgotten and recently launched a site specifically asking for party positions on copyright law reform, police surveillance powers, telecommunications policy reform, and legislative responses to spam, spyware, ID theft, and other privacy invasions.

ITBusiness: Liberal fundraiser stirs up copyright controversy

This article by Neil Sutton in ITBusiness.ca includes this misinformation from Bulte:

Bulte said that she resents the implication of undue influence, adding that “no one can buy me for $250 or $250,000. I have been an outspoken advocate of artists and creators well before I was ever elected, because nobody speaks out for them.”

I wrote the following letter to the editor:

Ms. Bulte exemplifies those qualities that make people not trust politicians -- misdirection and false information to try to hide from her own scandal. When Bulte says that there is a need for someone to speak out for the interests of artists and creators because "nobody speaks out for them.", she is misdirecting from the fact that she is a big part of the problem in Ottawa. She is a close friends with the intermediaries between creators and their audiences. These intermediaries are an entirely separate set of interests than artists and creators, and Bulte has shut out most actual creators from the debate. She quickly dismisses anyone that doesn't share her extreme views, ignoring the warnings of dire consequences to authors and creators of her policies.

Liberals lacking policy platform? On tech issues they are headed the wrong way...

This Hill Times article by Kate Malloy and F. Abbas Rana includes:

Liberal Leader Paul Martin should be taken out of his "bubble," he should be attending rallies to energize party members across the country and many Liberals are angry that the party still doesn't have a policy platform book out yet with six weeks into the campaign and only two weeks to go, say some Liberals.

My letter to the editor:

I live in Ottawa South, and the Liberal party is making it very hard for me if I wanted to vote for incumbent David McGuinty. While the Liberals don't have policy documents, the party has answered critical technology law questions that The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) asked. http://www.cippic.ca/en/projects-cases/election-2006/

The Liberals started by insulted us on their answer to the first question, entirely dismissing the concerns of many Canadians including computer and security experts.

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