NDP Calls It: Bill C-56 is "ACTA Through the Backdoor"
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Wednesday March 06, 2013
The government is
characterizing its Bill C-56 as an anti-counterfeiting bill, yet this
week NDP MP Charmaine Borg framed it more accurately as "ACTA through
the backdoor." During Question Period on Monday, Borg asked Industry Minister Christian Paradis directly if the bill paves the way for ratification of the discredited treaty:
Mr. Speaker, last July the European Parliament rejected the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement over serious concerns about the regressive changes it would impose on intellectual property in the digital age. Yet on Friday, the Conservatives introduced a bill in the House that would pave the way for the ACTA without question. Canadians have concerns about goods being seized or destroyed without any oversight by the courts. Will the minister now be clear with Canadians? Are the Conservatives planning to ratify ACTA, yes or no?
Paradis refused to respond to the ACTA ratification question:
Mr. Speaker, we are very happy to have introduced an anti-counterfeiting bill in the House. Counterfeiting is a growing problem in Canada. Counterfeiting deceives Canadians and is linked to security-related issues. So it was our duty to modernize the legislation to ensure that we can end counterfeiting, so that Canadians are not deceived, and to provide better security.
again with a direct link between Bill C-56 and ACTA:
Mr. Speaker, a
number of countries have rejected this unacceptable agreement.
The anti-counterfeiting trade agreement - ACTA - was drafted
behind closed doors and would incriminate the daily users of
cultural content. This agreement will turn our border officers
into instant copyright experts, without the adequate legal
support. Canada must seriously study the problem of
counterfeiting. However, the failure of Bill C-30 means that
Canadians do not have faith in this Conservative government. Is
Bill C-56 not simply a way to support ACTA through the back
the question once again:
Mr. Speaker, let
us be clear: Bill C-56 is a way to support and protect Canadian
The 52 page bill requires careful scrutiny, but the NDP is right for drawing attention to the elephant in the room. ACTA has been rejected in Europe and stands as a discredited agreement. Despite that, Bill C-56 is fundamentally a bill designed to allow Canada to implement ACTA.
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UTtereality from LA said:
Wednesday March 06, 2013
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