ECPA (C-27) Passes House of Commons, Moves to Senate

The Electronic Commerce Protection Act, Canada's anti-spam bill (Bill C-27) passed through the House of Commons yesterday as a motion to support sending the bill to the Senate received approval.  The bill received all-party support but will undoubtedly face an intense lobbying campaign at the Senate.  Copyright lobbyists, real estate agents, and marketing survey companies were among the most aggressive lobby groups seeking changes when the bill was considered by the Industry Committee.  Clement stood his ground and the resulting bill is a good one.  Indeed, the lobbying efforts and attempts to weaken the bill did not go unnoticed.  During yesterday's discussion in the House, NDP MP Brian Masse, the party's representative on the Industry Committee, noted "when it gets to the Senate we will see whether or not there is going to be another lobby effort either to kill the bill or to weaken it some more."

Meanwhile, Liberal MPs who failed to garner support for their reforms were still pressing for changes.  MP Siobhan Coady stated "while the Liberal Party believes the bill remains unnecessarily restrictive to legitimate business in its approach in many regards, we will support the bill at third reading as action must be taken against spam. We will monitor the legislation closely going forward to ensure that it does not stifle legitimate electronic commerce in Canada."  Getting C-27 through the House is a big step, but the lobby attempts to water down the bill will no doubt be back for another round as the bill hits the Senate.


  1. Brendon J. Wilson says:

    A little late, isn’t it?
    An anti-spam bill? Really? What is this, 2003? Because that’s when the US and UK drafted and passed their anti-spam laws. Seriously guys, stop embarrassing yourselves. It’s hard to present Canada as a technology innovator and knowledge center when the government is 6 years behind on basic Internet laws.

  2. Maybe you should do more reading
    This isn’t just an anti-spam bill. Even if it were, the anti-spam sections go much further than the CAN-SPAM act in the US, which is quite frankly a joke (a customer asked not to be spammed? Send them even more spam a month later). I haven’t read the full text, or even the major highlights for each section, but suffice it to say that this is much more than an anti-spam bill.

  3. Jesse Betteridge says:

    Brendon – I don’t think they’re trying to fool anyone in that respect anymore.

  4. Are we lemmings? Why would we want to “catch up” with the what they are doing in the US and UK?

  5. Niggardly Treatment says:


    It’s hard to believe you’re a Canadian at all when you can’t even spell ‘centre’ correctly. 😉