Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Sep 2011 15:48 UTC
Legal "Secret U.S. government cables show a stunning willingness by senior Canadian officials to appease American demands (more here) for a U.S.-style copyright law here. The documents describe Canadian officials as encouraging American lobbying efforts. They also cite cabinet minister Maxime Bernier raising the possibility of showing U.S. officials a draft bill before tabling it in Parliament. The cables, from the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, even have a policy director for then industry minister Tony Clement suggesting it might help U.S. demands for a tough copyright law if Canada were placed among the worst offenders on an international piracy watch list. Days later, the U.S. placed Canada alongside China and Russia on the list." Unbelievable. Suddenly I understand why the SFPD had no qualms about acting as henchmen for Apple goons to violate someone's constitutional rights. If a government is messed up, it only makes sense this is reflected in the corporate policies of its prime corporations.
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by tchristney on Sun 4th Sep 2011 19:02 UTC
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As a Canadian, I'm not surprised in the least. Our current government is strongly pro-American, and seem willing to do almost anything to appease them, especially if they can do so without affecting their approval rating. Personally, I think they are selling out our sovereignty. Why? Clearly Harper and his party are getting some sort of benefit from peddling their influence to the Americans, I just wish it was more clear to the average Canadian exactly what those benefits are. I hope it's something more definitive than "good will," because as far as I can tell, that means nothing when push comes to shove.

From the American side, I place no real fault on them. If Canada is offering up this kind of influence, why not take advantage of it? As long as they are staying within the legal boundaries of their own country, I can't blame them.

Do I think it's right? No. Did I vote for this government? No. Did a majority of my fellow Canadians vote for them? Yes. Only by revealing this sort of behaviour will we have any chance of stopping it through the democratic process.

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