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Meeting No. 52
Thursday, October 23, 2003

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage met at 11:06 a.m. this day, in Room 308 West Block, the Chair, Clifford Lincoln, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Jim Abbott, Carole-Marie Allard, Paul Bonwick, Sarmite Bulte, Liza Frulla, Christiane Gagnon, Wendy Lill, Clifford Lincoln, James Lunney and Alex Shepherd.


Acting Members present: Paddy Torsney for Dennis Mills.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Sam Banks, Analyst; Monique Hébert, Analyst.


Witnesses: Canadian Photographers' Coalition: Brian Boyle, Copyright Chair (PPOC); André Cornellier, Photographer and Copyright Vice-President. Canadian Library Association: Don Butcher, Executive Director. Writers' Union of Canada, Periodical Writers Association of Canada, League of Canadian Poets and the Playwrights Guild of Canada: Marian Hebb, Legal Counsel; Penney Kome, Chair, Writers' Union of Canada. Droit d'auteur, Multimédia, Internet, Copyright (DAMIC): Yves Légaré, Director General, Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma; Hélène Messier, Executive Director, Quebec Reproduction Rights Collective Administration Society.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, November 5, 2002, and Section 92 of the Copyright Act, the Committee resumed the statutory review of the Act.

Paul Bonwick moved, — That the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage hereby recommend in the strongest possible terms to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Industry or its successor Ministry, that they instruct their officials to prepare draft legislation to be reviewed by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage by February 10, 2004 in order that the government might ratify its commitments to the WIPO Treaty signed in 1997.

Further we would respectfully request the Ministers respond in writing to the Committee within two weeks of receiving this motion to clarify their instruction to their respective departments regarding this recommendation.

Debate arose thereon.


After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on division.


The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


At 12:54 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Rémi Bourgault
Clerk of the Committee

2003/10/24 1:27 p.m.