The Liberals have named their shadow cabinet for the upcoming parliamentary session. Gerard Kennedy (who supported the copyright pledge) will be the Industry critic. Hedy Fry, who conducted roundtables on copyright over the summer, takes over as Canadian Heritage critic.
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The Government on Friday appointed new parliamentary secretaries for both Industry and Canadian Heritage. Mike Lake, an Alberta MP from Edmonton, is the new Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, and Dean Del Mastro, a Peterborough, Ontario MP is the new Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.
The protests are beginning to mount over Bill C-10, which includes an overlooked provision that would allow the Canadian Heritage Minister to deny tax credits to films or television show projects deemed offensive. A Facebook group on the issue has attracted hundreds of members in a matter of hours.
Question period in the House of Commons today, the last of the session, featured the following exchange:
"Ms. Bev Oda (Durham, CPC): Mr. Speaker, Canada has a world class Internet infrastructure in our schools but the heritage minister's new copyright legislation makes it restrictive, onerous and possibly more costly for schools, teachers and students to download on-line educational material.
This legislation will make routine classroom activities illegal. Why do the government and the minister want to make our students and teachers pay more for materials they are using now or make them criminals under a new copyright law?
Hon. Liza Frulla (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the hon. opposition member knows very well that we promised to table the copyright law in June, which we did. We also said that as far as the education matter is concerned, we will study it and focus on it solely after second reading of the bill. We will study the education matter because it does not have consensus.
I also want to say to my hon. critic that children can be in school but once they become researchers and authors, they also to have their copyrights reserved and paid for."