Sunday, December 09, 2007

Letter to Williams

This is what I wrote to Danny Williams, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, one of the loudest critics of the Harper government.

Dear Mr. Williams,

As a steadfast opponent of the Harper government, I hope you will stand publicly against the proposed Amendment to the Copyright Act. This bill is not on economically inviable, it criminalizes regular Canadians who support the arts in this country.

You stand at a place in time where universities are desperately underfunded, where Canadian culture is being disappeared and where long-standing Canadian industries are falling like softwood into codless depths.

The current Ministers of Industry, Heritage and Education will not stand to protect and support the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as they navigate difficult times. They stood against you on the oil deal and they stand against you now. New industries, artists and educators cannot innovate, create or teach without the full-throated support of a government willing to fund and legislate towards access and promotion. This is a bad bill and your constituents deserve to know. This is one more way of ensuring that satellite industries that could develop in the wake of your impressive oil coup will not be supported, but in fact will be criminalized by the provisions in the bill that act against fair-use and open source reviews.

I hope you will join with us to stand against this backwards, draconian bill that impoverishes all of Canada.


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