[kwlug-disc] Bill C-32 and my visit to Peter Braids office

Darryl O'Neill ldoneill at golden.net
Wed Apr 27 21:38:07 EDT 2011

I visited the campaign office of Peter Braid this week.  I did not get a 
chance to speak with Peter Braid directly but I did get to ask questions 
from one of his staff.  Sorry I don't recall her name.  She seemed quite 
knowledgeable about the campaign.

I started with a question about the long census and how the 
Conservatives killed the long census to keep ordinary citizens from 
being in violation of the law.  She could not answer how many Canadians 
have ever been jailed for not filling out the census.

I then went to the fact that Bill C-32 would make it illegal for me to 
watch a DVD that I had purchased on Linux or to transfer it onto my 
iPhone or Playbook.  Why was the Conservative policy different on this 
issue.  She did not know much about Linux but did understand the iPhone 
and Playbook comparison.  She was familiar with Peter Braid's work on 
the C-32 committee and with Michael Geist.  I agreed that bill C-32 was 
important but I believed that the amendment from Michael Geist was 
needed.  She seem to agree that it was unlikely that several people from 
the same household would all be watching the same movie at the same time 
on different devices. 

The end answer was that there needed to be a balance between consumers 
and business and that the issue was still very fluid.

 From what I have heard, Andrew Telegdi seems to be behind the 
amendment, especially since it affects RIM.


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