New Democratic Party

Conservative Minister stalling on renewal of Television Fund bad news for industry

A page on the NDP website includes:

“Today the President of the Treasury Board flatly denied that any of the cheques for the cancelled Oda fundraiser were cashed. The NDP plans to follow up on this matter and find out whether or not the cheques were cashed or cancelled. Given that the Minister has completely frozen out the artistic community in terms of broadcast and copyright issues, we would at least see which lobbyists have her ear,” said Angus.

See it in the Hansard.

Nanaimo Cowichan NDP riding association bringing copyright resolution to Convention

The following is a resolution that the Nanaimo Cowichan NDP riding association is bringing to the national convention. This isn't necessarily going to be NDP party policy, but like many things the journey is as important as the possible destination. Having more people debate the type of policy in this resolution is always helpful.

I strongly support the parts are those which oppose the abuse of technical measures by copyright holders to circumvent our property, privacy and other rights. I also strongly support the suggestion that we should move to a fixed term of copyright from the date of creation or publication, rather than the countdown towards works entering the public domain being from the death of the author. We need to move towards always celebrating our creative citizens, not having policy which causes people to secretly wish these people would die younger.

Hon. MP Bill Siksay on copyright legislation in Canada

Responding to an edited letter sent by me through Digital Copyright Canada's "Send a letter to your member of parliament" campaign, the Honourable MP Bill Siksay of Burnaby-Douglas has kindly sent me the following reply.

Dear Mr. Lee,

Thank you for your most recent letter about copyright legislation in Canada. As I have stated before, copyright is always a difficult balancing act between the fair use of the consumer and fair remuneration for artists. What has made the issue more difficult is the explosive growth of digital technologies in recent years.

Music coalition a wake-up call on copyright law – NDP

NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) says the emergence of the star-studded Canadian Music Creators Coalition (CMCC) is a welcome addition to the long simmering war over copyright legislation. The Coalition is in Ottawa to meet with Industry Minister Maxime Bernier and Heritage Minister Bev Oda.

Read full release on NDP website...

Covered by BoingBoing, Slyck

Mathieu Allard: Free software advocate in Canadian election

Missing from our election coverage was two articles on Mathieu Allard who is a FLOSS advocate who ran for the New Democratic Party in the Manitoba riding of Saint Boniface in the recent federal election.

The NDP’s Four Point Plan for A Better CBC

This SooNews Wire article includes:

Charlie Angus, NDP Heritage Critic, outlines NDP policy approach to relations with new Conservative government on CBC and Canadian broadcasting policy issues, including CBC governance, local/regional programming, foreign ownership limits, and English-Canadian drama.

See also: Globe and Mail: CBC needs ‘critical mass' of drama, president says by Victoria Ahearn, Canadian Press

Cory Doctorow mentions Parkdale High-park MP Peggy Nash a few times in his Podcast..

Canadian-born science fiction author Cory Doctorow wrote many articles during the campaign suggesting that people vote for Peggy Nash, and vote against Sam Bulte. He also voted for Peggy Nash himself.

He included discussion about the election in his podcast. People from all over the world will have heard about the issue, and about Sam anti-"User Zealot" Bulte.

NDP announces party's Shadow Cabinet and executive positions

NDP Leader Jack Layton announced on February 14'th the party's Shadow Cabinet and executive positions.

Hon. Jack Layton (Toronto—Danforth)
NDP Leader

Brian Masse (Windsor West)
Industry (including Auto policy)

Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay)

Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster)
International Trade & Gateways
Vancouver Olympics

Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre)
Treasury Board
Crown Corporations

Alexa McDonough (Halifax)
Foreign Affairs
International Development
International Cooperation

Peggy Nash (Parkdale—High Park)
Public Works & Government Services
Infrastructure & Communities (for Toronto)

Burnaby-Douglas MP Bill Siksay Re-elected

The Honourable MP Bill Siksay (NDP), who signalled the will to oppose Bill C-60 in the last Parliament, has also been re-elected by the people of Burnaby-Douglas in Canada's 39th General Election.

Related: "Looking at some specific results"

Mary Woo Sims (Port Moody - Westwood - Port Coquitlam, New Democratic Party)

Dear Russell McOrmond:

My apologies for the delay in responding to your email as it has been extremely busy and I have been trying to personally respond to emails and questionnaires that voters are sending me.

Thank you for your informative letter and questions concerning copyright law. I have read the response of Jack Layton and the NDP to the CIPPIC and agree with it.

Upon reading your letter, it became apparent to me that to be well briefed on this subject it will take more research and time that is available to me during the election campaign.

I will commit to you, that if elected, I will make it a priority to investigate the issues around copyright law and their implications. Your letter has made me much more aware of its importance and I will do everything possible to ensure I am well informed on the subject.

Thank you again for your letter.

Mary Woo Sims
NDP Candidate for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam

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