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Conservative MP Ablonzcy on Bill C-51: Who Needs the Rule of Law?

Over the past two days, I’ve posted on the extremely disappointing review of Bill C-51 with Conservative MPs rarely asking substantive questions of critics and the difficulty the government had in finding expert supporters of the bill. The clause-by-clause review of the bill held earlier this week was not much better. Not only did the Conservative MPs reject all opposition amendments, but the discussion remained acrimonious with attacks against both critics of the bill and opposition MPs.

One of the most worst examples involved a proposed amendment from Green Party leader Elizabeth May which incorporated suggestions from the Canadian Bar Association. The CBA, like many witnesses, expressed serious concern about the inclusion of a provision in the bill that appears to grant judges the right to issue warrants that violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Craig Forcese writes about the government’s anomalous effort to justify this provision). The CBA noted in its brief:

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April 2, 2015 13 comments News

Bill C-11 Enters Final House Debate With Green Party & Bloc Amendments

Bill C-11, the copyright reform bill, is scheduled for debate today, with a long list of proposed amendments from the Green Party’s Elizabeth May and from Bloc MP André Bellavance.  Given the government’s previous rejection of NDP and Liberal amendments, there is little reason to believe any of these proposals […]

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May 14, 2012 18 comments News

Green Party on Copyright Reform

Green Party leader Elizabeth May and Griffin Carpenter, the party's youth and education critic, have published an op-ed with their views on copyright. They point to three key principles: extend user rights through a flexible fair dealing mechanism, reform crown copyright and the public domain to build a healthy information […]

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August 14, 2009 6 comments News

Elizabeth May Advocates Against “Crazy Copyright Laws”

Gordon McDowell posts an interview with Green Party leader Elizabeth May on Canadian copyright policy.  May argues that there is no need for a Pirate Party in Canada because the Green Party already advocates against "crazy copyright laws."  May says that the party supports a 12 year copyright term.  The […]

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July 7, 2009 9 comments News

Copyright Pledge Gains Momentum – Green Party and NDP Candidates On Board

Last week, I posted a 2008 election copyright pledge that focused on three commitments for copyright reform – respecting both creators and consumers, ensuring that any reforms do not undermine or weaken user rights such as fair dealing, and committing to full public consultations on any reforms before introducing a bill and inclusive hearings once tabled.

The initial reaction to the pledge has been very strong.  I am pleased to advise that the Green Party (as a party) has agreed to the pledge.  In addition, the following NDP MPs have added their names as supporters:

  • Charlie Angus, New Democrat MP, Timmins-James Bay, ON
  • Olivia Chow, New Democrat MP, Trinity-Spadina, ON
  • Libby Davies, New Democrat MP, Vancouver East, BC
  • Michael Byers, New Democrat Candidate, Vancouver Centre, BC
  • Anne Lagacé Dowson, New Democrat Candidate, Westmount, QC
  • Phil Brown, New Democrat Candidate, Nepean-Carleton, ON
  • John Chan, New Democrat Candidate, Calgary Centre-North, AB
  • Tyler Kinch, New Democrat Candidate, Calgary Centre, AB

It is great to see the momentum behind a commitment to fair copyright reform in Canada (and note that Angus has just issued a press release focusing on NDP opposition to C-61).  With just under two weeks until the election, there is still time to raise the issue with local candidates.  Raise it today in your riding and let me know if you receive any responses.  I'll post an updated list next week.  The pledge again:

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October 2, 2008 7 comments News