IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on copyright Bill C-11 flaws

41st Parliament, 1st Session ~ Context : Question Period

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, ce gouvernement n'a clairement pas à coeur les intérêts des familles et des artistes.

     Nos artistes contribuent énormément au développement de la société canadienne, mais au lieu de les aider, ce gouvernement préfère leur mettre des bâtons dans les roues. Dans le projet de loi, les redevances des artistes ne sont pas protégées. Les possibilités d'éducation à distance sont entravées, et les jeunes pourraient devoir payer des amendes coûteuses.

    Au lieu de couper massivement dans les arts et la culture, quand est-ce que ce gouvernement va protéger nos artistes et remettre les redevances qu'il a enlevées?

    L'hon. James Moore (ministre du Patrimoine canadien et des Langues officielles, PCC): Monsieur le Président, si mon collègue ne comprend pas ou n'est pas d'accord sur ce que j'ai dit à propos de nos politiques dans le domaine des arts et de la culture, peut-être qu'il sera d'accord avec Gilbert Rozon, le président du Festival Juste pour rire, qui dit: « [...] le premier ministre Stephen Harper reconnaît le rôle de ce secteur pour l'économie nationale »

    Heather Ostertag, the CEO of FACTOR, a music publisher, said: “The government has clearly demonstrated its commitment to Canadian culture.”She continues to say in regard to our government, “...what it's provided to Canada in support of artists is the envy of the world”. It does not get better than that.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, when it comes to copyright law, we know whose side the government is on. That is not with researchers and educators who rely on non-commercial copying, not with artists who have serious concerns and not with Canadian families who are worried about digital locks being added to the everyday devices they use in their own home and becoming criminals in their own home. The government refuses to listen.

    Will the government stop protecting major corporations and start putting Canadian consumers first? Will it work with us to amend its bill so consumers are protected from the arbitrary use of digital locks?

    Hon. James Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, CPC): Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague's comments could not be further from the truth. This legislation, our copyright modernization act, is supported by the Council of Ministers of Education. The member referenced education in the preamble of his question. He said it is not in the best interests of educators.

    Then why is it that the NDP education minister for Nova Scotia is endorsing our bill? Why is it that the education ministers across the country, Liberal, Conservative and NDP, all are supporting our bill? Because it strikes the right balance.

     The member said in French, but did not say it in English, as well that the NDP is opposed to our bill because we are not in favour of putting in place a new tax against consumers on iPods. He had better believe we are against that tax and we are going to fight it—

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