[kwlug-disc] Meeting with (not so new) MPs in KW region.

William Park opengeometry at yahoo.ca
Sat May 7 11:40:01 EDT 2011

On Sat, May 07, 2011 at 09:43:15AM -0400, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> On Sat, May 7, 2011 at 9:34 AM, L.D. Paniak
> <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com> wrote:
> > Agreed.  I find it useful to understand the (holes in the) arguments of
> > the other side in this kind of debate.
> You guys are thinking like nerds. That won't help you talk to
> politicians.  Don't try to talk like a lawyer if you're not a lawyer.
> Even if you can poke holes in the arguments, you'll still fail.  Tell
> them stories about how this is going to affect your life and your
> business.  Tell them you want to buy things and you will, but the
> market isn't providing things to you in a format you can use.  You
> don't want to be thrown in jail (or fined or whatever) so you can use
> the things you bought to support artists.
> Keep it simple.  Let Michael Geist be the legal scholar.  You have to
> tell them how this affects you *personally*, not in the abstract.

Seconded.  But, keep in mind:
    - how it affects you is important to you
    - how it affects them is important to them
The two are separate, until you convince them how their "job security"
will be enhanced.  After all, they only have to get elected twice to get
lifetime pension.

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