The federal government is expected to call three by-elections within the next couple of weeks, with the voting set for early September. One of the most hotly contested by-elections will the riding of Guelph, which currently held by the Liberals. All three parties believe they have a shot at this riding – the riding was held by the Conservatives under Brian Mulroney and the NDP views the riding as a possible pickup as well. With that in mind, it is noteworthy that the NDP candidate Tom King today put copyright reform fairness squarely on the table as an election issue.
King, a long-time artist and writer, has pledged to raise Bill C-61, noting that "this type of American approach to copyright law does not benefit Canadian consumers, or Canadian artists." King is looking to Guelph area residents to put copyright and net neutrality on the election agenda. There is a Guelph Fair Copyright for Canada chapter – if you're in the area, be sure to get involved to ensure that all candidates are forced to account for their party's position on copyright.