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      • MPnews news L'avenir de Mulcair sera clarifié dimanche - Canoë
        «Il y a beaucoup de frustration, a reconnu l'ancien député néo-démocrate dans Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, Alain Giguère à TVA Nouvelles. «Ce que je crains, de renchérir l'ancien député néo-démocrate de Louis-Hébert, Denis Blanchette, c'est que les Québécois ...and more » read more
        Apr 09, 2016 5:56 pm> |
        • MPnews news Un week-end important pour le NPD - TVA Nouvelles
          «Il y a beaucoup de frustration, a reconnu l'ancien député néo-démocrate dans Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, Alain Giguère à TVA Nouvelles. «Ce que je crains, de renchérir l'ancien député néo-démocrate de Louis-Hébert, Denis Blanchette, c'est que les Québécois ...and more » read more
          Apr 09, 2016 8:09 am> |
          • MPnews news The Gargoyle: 2015 election predictions, riding by riding - Ottawa Citizen
            Manicouagan: Jonathan Genest-Jourdain (NDP) Marc-Aurèle-Fortin: Marie-Josée Lemieux (NDP) Mégantic–L'Érable: Luc Berthold (Conservative) Mirabel: Mylène Freeman (NDP) Montarville: Djaouida Sellah (NDP) Montcalm: Luc Thériault (Bloc Québécois) Montmagny ...and more » read more
            Oct 18, 2015 10:48 am> |
            • MPnews news The Gargoyle: 2015 election predictions, riding by riding - Ottawa Citizen
              Manicouagan: Jonathan Genest-Jourdain (NDP) Marc-Aurèle-Fortin: Marie-Josée Lemieux (NDP) Mégantic–L'Érable: Luc Berthold (Conservative) Mirabel: Mylène Freeman (NDP) Montarville: Djaouida Sellah (NDP) Montcalm: Luc Thériault (Bloc Québécois) Montmagny ...and more » read more
              Oct 18, 2015 9:44 am> |
                  • MPnews news Élections fédérales : Laurin Liu inaugure son local électoral à Boisbriand - L'Éveil et La Concorde
                    Son parti prévoit ainsi de restaurer les services coupés de Postes Canada, dossier pour lequel son collège de la circonscription de Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, Alain Giguère, et elle se sont activés. Dans son programme, le NPD promet également de ramener la ... read more
                    Aug 22, 2015 10:15 am> |
                    • MPnews news Laurin Liu inaugure son local électoral à Boisbriand - Nord Info et Voix des Mille-Iles
                      Son parti prévoit ainsi de restaurer les services coupés de Postes Canada, dossier pour lequel son collège de la circonscription de Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, Alain Giguère, et elle se sont activés. Dans son programme, le NPD promet également de ramener la ... read more
                      Aug 20, 2015 10:17 am> |
                      • MPnews news NDP defends online system after MP bolts to Greens over 'suspicious ... - iPolitics.ca (subscription)
                        Elections Canada divided Laval into two ridings — Vimy and Marc-Aurèle-Fortin — for the upcoming federal election; Nunez-Melo unsuccessfully sought the NDP nomination in Vimy, and will now contest the same seat for the Greens. Nunez-Melo ... “I ... read more
                        Aug 18, 2015 9:09 am> |
                          • MPnews news La fin de la livraison postale à domicile contestée - Journal Le Courrier
                            Trois députés fédéraux du NPD (Jean-François Larose de Repentigny, Alexandre Boulerice de Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie et porte-parole du NPD pour la campagne Sauvons Postes Canada, Alain Giguère de Marc-Aurèle-Fortin) en compagnie d'un des ... read more
                            Aug 11, 2014 2:30 pm> |
                            • MPndpblog Paul Dewar 1662 post Combating Counterfeit Products Act

                              Mr. Speaker, I would like to mention that I will be sharing my time with the hon. member for Marc-Aurèle-Fortin.

                              We are now switching from the situation in Congo, but I want to finish pleading with my colleagues across the way to really consider that issue. If there is one issue that is not partisan, it is this one about what is happening in Congo. I think we can somehow find a way to agree on how to stem the violence in Congo.

                              The bill that I am now addressing is Bill C-8. Members will know that this legislation has quite a lengthy history. I do not mean just Bill C-8, but the whole issue of copyright and the Trade-marks Act and making consequential amendments to other acts.

                              This issue requires caution. It requires an understanding of not just the law but enforcement of the law as well.

                              Many people are concerned about how international treaties and copyright interplay. They are concerned about the fact that we are in the midst of finishing negotiations on CETA and how that agreement would relate to copyright. It is important to note that the international agreement dealing with counterfeiting also comes into play here. Many have noted that while a treaty to combat counterfeiting presently exists, not many countries have signed on to it, about which there is some concern. It is this international context, and how it would apply to this legislation, that we are dealing with.

                              If we abide by certain rules made by legislation such as this and there are trade deals or other treaties we have to contend with, it is important that we understand what those trade deals and treaties mean. In the case of CETA, it is important to understand how it would apply.

                              I am pleading with the government yet again to at least tell us what is going on with respect to CETA, because it would affect trademark and copyright legislation. My understanding is that there could be consequences from the CETA deal for copyright and trademarks. I would like to hear about what action the government is taking. I would like to know what success, or lack thereof, the government has had with respect to CETA, and the sooner the better.

                              Here we are trying to find a way to help people create in an unhindered and legal way, while also making sure that the creative class will be able to access technology and ideas and material and will not be suppressed. The law has to find a balance. By the same token, we want to make sure that what we are creating and what we have copyright protection for will not be usurped or be taken and used without the creators benefiting from their work. It is obviously a delicate balance.

                              I would like to go over some of the aspects of the bill and what it proposes to do.

                              As I said, this legislation has a long history. I remember previous Parliaments that attempted to deal with the copyright issue. It should be noted that many of our trading partners have been pleading with us, particularly our friends south of the border, to get this done and get it right. The new ambassador brought it up in a recent meeting with us. He indicated that this was an important issue for the United States because most of our trade is done with that country.

                              Bill C-8 deals with counterfeiting and infringement, which is important. It proposes to add two new criminal offences to the Copyright Act for the possession of and export of infringed copies. The bill would also create offences for the selling or offering of counterfeit goods on a commercial scale.

                              There is some contention as to the degree of the export and import of counterfeit goods.

                              I cite Michael Geist, because he is the expert in the country on this issue. His testimony at committee raised some questions about the extent to which there is counterfeiting. He should be listened to, because he is an expert. He asked this very good question: what is the scope of the studies that are referenced by government and officials? In other words, do we have accurate data?

                              That said, it is important that we have legislation that would deal with counterfeiting and the trade of counterfeiting materials, as contemplated in this bill.

                              That is the first part. The bill adds two new criminal offences under the Copyright Act for possession and exportation of infringing copies and creates offences for selling or offering counterfeit goods on a commercial scale.

                              The other aspect is that it creates a prohibition against importing or exporting infringing copies and counterfeit goods. It introduces some balance to that prohibition by creating two exemptions. One is personal use. As I referenced earlier, it relates to the creative class and those in the knowledge industry. I will use educators as an example.

                              I come from the business of teaching. As educators, it is important that we have access to knowledge and make it available to students. There is a balance that has to be struck so that we will not arrest teachers if they are just sharing materials with their students to allow them to gain knowledge. That is one of the areas we have to keep in mind.

                              The other one we have to look for is items in transit control.

                              Finally, the bill would grant new ex officio powers to border officials to detain infringing copies or counterfeit goods. That is a significant policy shift, because until now border officials required these private rights holders to obtain a court order before seizing infringing copies or goods. The bill grants new ex officio powers to the Minister of Public Safety and border officials to share information on detained goods with rights holders. It also widens the scope of what can be a trademark to the features found in the broad definition of “sign”, which includes all sorts of things: shapes, colours, scents, et cetera. What we want to see on this side is that we strike that balance. These are fairly important new powers that are being given to the government.

                              I will finish by saying that it is fine to pass laws on copyright and trademark to make sure that we deal with what we are focused on—that is, those who decide to get into the business of knock-offs and use the creations of others to benefit themselves when they have not had any input into the creation of any goods, ideas, or products. By the same token, how do we enforce these measures?

                              Members will hear from my colleagues tonight about some of the problems we have with the government's cutting of border services in this area. On the one hand, it is fine to give powers to border agents to say, “Here it is; you make sure that you deal with the infringements on copyright”, but on the other hand it has cut the budgets of those who are responsible for dealing with this authority.

                              This is an issue with our friends south of the border. They are aware of this. We have had issues with our friends south of the border regarding regulations. Let us make no mistake, this is a trade issue. They want to know if we are serious about this issue and will bring in laws that are modern and up to date with current copyright thinking. That means little unless we have an enforcement mechanism, to say the least. It is not only about passing laws; it is also about ensuring that we have resources on the ground to enforce them.

                              Members will hear from my colleagues and me that we have to get it right and make sure that we do not go too far in terms of infringing on those in the creative class, those in the knowledge business, and those who need to have access to materials, while on the other side making sure that if we bring in new responsibilities for our border agents, we do not cut their budgets. It is important that we give them support and training as to what these new powers mean and how they will exercise them.

                              At the end of the day, we will be supporting the bill to ensure that we do our bit as a country, that we have a balance in terms of the copyright obligations, that those in the creative and knowledge classes have access to the materials they need to create, and that, on the other hand, we provide our border agents with the proper support that they need in material supplies and training.

                              • MPconblog BarryDevolin_MP 30 post Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

                                The hon. member for Marc-Aurèle-Fortin on a point of order.

                                • MPndpblog Peter Julian 237 post Point of Order

                                  Mr. Speaker, in a moment I will seek unanimous consent to table a document.

                                  During members' statements, the member for Mississauga—Streetsville called on the member for Marc-Aurèle-Fortin to apologize. I want to point out that the member already apologized, which was appropriate.

                                  I would mention, and I think it is ironic, that the member for Mississauga—Streetsville has never apologized for deliberately misleading the House on Bill C-23.

                                  I seek unanimous consent to table this document, the response from the member for Marc-Aurèle-Fortin. He did the right thing.

                                  When is the member for Mississauga—Streetsville going to do the right thing and apologize for his comments in the House of Commons?

                                  • MPconblog bruce_stanton 214 post Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

                                    I thank the hon. member for Prince Albert for his intervention. I would remind all hon. members that the use of this kind of language specifically to individual members, as is referenced in section 18 of the Standing Orders, invariably leads to the kind of discourse that we do not abide by in the House. We realize that emotions can get high on either side.

                                    I recognize the member for Marc-Aurèle-Fortin made his comments in French and I may want to go back to hear exactly what was said and the context of how it was said.

                                    One of the standard measures that we use for unparliamentary language is when it creates disorder. Clearly, in the context that the comment was offered in this case, it has created a certain amount of emotional response from the other side.

                                    I wonder if the hon. member for Marc-Aurèle-Fortin might wish to address the point.

                                      • MPnews news Opposés à la réduction des services postaux à domicile: 125 facteurs prennent d ... - Nord Info et Voix des Mille-Iles
                                        Le président de la section locale 440 (Thérèse-De Blainville) du STTP, Benoît Touchette, en compagnie d'autres membres de son syndicat et des députés néo?démocrates de Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, Alain Giguère, et de Rivière-des-Mille?Îles, Laurin Liu. ... Au ...and more » read more
                                        Mar 04, 2014 1:19 pm> |
                                        • MPnews news 125 facteurs prennent les rues d'assaut - Nord Info et Voix des Mille-Iles
                                          Le président de la section locale 440 (Thérèse-De Blainville) du STTP, Benoît Touchette, en compagnie d'autres membres de son syndicat et des députés néo?démocrates de Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, Alain Giguère, et de Rivière-des-Mille?Îles, Laurin Liu. ... Au ... read more
                                          Mar 04, 2014 8:31 am> |

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