[kwlug-disc] Parliament adjourned ... bills dead (again!)?

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Fri Mar 25 23:01:00 EDT 2011

On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 04:43:02PM -0400, Adam Glauser wrote:
> On 3/25/2011 4:18 PM, unsolicited wrote:
>> John Kerr wrote, On 03/25/2011 3:46 PM:
>>> Ok this gives us another chance to make our views known.
>>> Obviously, it is not a high priority. Be sure to button hole
>>> candidates and let them know about FLOSS and how it can save our
>>> governments big bucks.
>> REALLY good point John.
>> I have two issues:
>> (1) I really have no idea what to say. Can someone like Paul put
>> together a blurb for the list? I think such has been done in the past.
>> Or, on issues like this, site links have been posted - could that
>> continue please? e.g. copyright is bigger than us, and links were posted
>> towards addresses on this intricate topic.
> My thought is this: There were many groups representing  
> industries/constituencies important to our region which spoke out  
> against the problematic TPM protections in C-32. I'm thinking of groups  
> like national student, teacher, library and software/technology  
> organizations.  A good question would be, given the concerns of these  
> groups, what does the candidate intend to do to ensure that these  
> concerns are addressed in future legislation?

Liberals: "This is a very important issue. A Liberal government is
committed to creating copyright legislation that protects the rights
of creators and -- unlike the Conservatives -- will not criminalize
Canadians for conducting daily activities."

Conservatives: "The conservatives have done more to bring Canadian
copyright into the 21st century than any other party. Through
consultation with Canadians we created legislation that would have
brought Canada into the 21st century -- legislation that allowed time
shifting, format shifting, and mash-ups. Then the Liberals forced this
unnecessary election that Canadians didn't want and thrown us back
into noncompliance of international treaties."

Everybody else: who cares what they say? They won't get elected. 

Of course I am paraphrasing the responses, but the point is that
reasonable questions like these will not get any substantive promises
or even any substantive information. I think it is worth putting
together some questions we can ask at all-candidates meetings, but
nice people like Adam never get very far in getting their real
concerns addressed. In addition candidates are not accountable for
what they say during election campaigns, as is proved after every
election. If I was not so lazy I would find some of the court cases
that demonstrated this and link to them. 

- Paul (what? me bitter?)


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