Liberal Party of Canada

Nash Questions Bulte Fundraiser Ethics

This press release from Peggy Nash's campaign includes:

"Ms. Bulte needs to understand that her job as a parliamentarian is to work first and foremost in the public interest," said Peggy Nash, NDP candidate for Parkdale- High Park. "Politicians are held to a higher standard than others and the perception of bias is simply not acceptable."

Nash stated that Bulte's activities further reminds voters of Liberal ethical violations that are a serious concern for many Canadians.

Peggy is profiled in the new online local arts magazine Gadzooks!, where she discusses the need for stable arts funding to support a strong cultural sector..

CBC: Liberal MP takes flak for lobbyists' fundraiser

This CBC article includes:

Another critic of Bulte's ties to the industry is the NDP candidate in her riding, Peggy Nash. "Bulte's activities further remind voters of Liberal ethical violations that are a serious concern for many Canadians," Nash said in a statement on her website.

My letter to the editor follows...

Historian calls Liberal MP's fundraiser a worry

This Canadian Press article via CTV.ca includes:

TORONTO — An upcoming fundraiser by film, video game and music executives for Liberal MP Sarmite Bulte has drawn the ire of a prominent Canadian historian.

Jack Granatstein says the $250-a-plate bash is inappropriate for a politician who could spearhead key changes to copyright law if she is re-elected on Jan. 23.

This article contained the misinformation that what these largely foreign intermediaries are lobbying for is "to tighten copyright rules to curb downloading and CD burning" or that these "groups want the legal power to go after file-sharers through the courts". The fact is that these groups already have this power under the current act, and it is their incompetence at gathering evidence that is the reason why they have lost court cases. These are also not "leaders", but increasingly unnecessary intermediaries between creators and their audiences who are fighting competition and modernization of the industry, not copyright infringement.

Fundraiser for Grit MP a 'worry'

This Canadian Press article by Angela Pacienza (via Canada.com, Macleans, Canoe News, CJAD radio, The Brooks Bulletin, Peggy Nash's campaign site) includes:

The fundraiser also came up at an all-candidates meeting in Bulte's Parkdale-High Park riding Wednesday night with opponents questioning Bulte's ethics.

"If this was the big banks doing this for the finance minister, people would question that," said Peggy Nash, the NDP candidate.

The Benefits of Copyright Reform

A BLOG entry from Michael Geist includes:

While I obviously do not support Henderson' s view of changes to Canadian copyright law nor the efforts to prop up Sam Bulte (both financially and rhetorically) against a tough NDP challenger, I do not think that those concerned with balanced copyright and the interests of Canadian education, consumers, and artists should shy away from reform.

Sam Bulte -- yet another Liberal scandal?

In an article appropriately titled That's What Friends Are For, Michael Geist describes just what type of friends Sam Bulte has been keeping, and just what type of legislation they can buy from her.

At $250.00 a person, I have my doubts that many of the artists that Ms. Bulte claims to represent will be present. Instead, it will lobbyists and lobby groups, eagerly handing over their money with the expectation that the real value of the evening will come long after Margo Timmins has finished her set.

While the sponsorship scandal never caught my interest, it is this type of corruption that we really need to clean up. Those in the Toronto area or who have friends in riding should do what they can to help clean up corruption by ensuring that Bulte does not get re-elected. If any politician needs to be targeted by the modern creator community, as we fight for our very survival against the incumbent intermediaries, it is Bulte.

The Golden Age of Protection

On Dec. 14, Sarmite Bulte expressed her interest in helping reform copyright in the digital era. To demonstrate her point, she invokes our apparent past success in providing broadband network access across this country. Appeals to national pride aside, I figure this sentiment exactly demonstrates the problem in Ms. Bulte's reasoning: that progress will come by supporting minority controlling interests.

Digital copyright reform is necessary to provide a foundation for new business models, broaden access and encourage cultural production. Bill C-60 is NOT the gateway to this new Golden Age. The reform that is Bill C-60 is narrowing, not broadening. This bill would have introduced new forms of protection that only align with existing models of distribution, further cementing a single, traditional, perspective on digital copyright.

Letter to Toronto Star: Little balance in copyright reform

Chris Smith of Toronto send a letter to the Toronto Star:

In her letter, Sarmite Bulte (MP, Parkdale-High Park) is being disingenuous in her description of the Liberal government's copyright reform actions in Bill C-60. That bill, when seen in the recent light of Sony BMG's approach to protecting music copyrights, left average Canadians potentially open to copyright infringement liability if they tried to restore the security of their home computers.

Sarmite Bulte attempts to defend Liberal record on Internet and anti-new media copyright revision

Responding to the article from Mr Geist, incumbent Liberal candidate Sarmite Bulte (Parkdale-High Park, Toronto) sent a letter to the Toronto Star defending the Liberal record on the Internet and Copyright revision.

Geist suggests that the NDP has tried to achieve a "balance" of rights in this debate, but I respectfully suggest that it is not the NDP but this Liberal government that is committed to a balanced reform of copyright legislation. Our government introduced Bill C-60 in the last Parliament, which embodied such a balanced reform

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