TIMMINS, ON – Documents released through Wiki Leaks are painting an alarming picture of Conservative collusion with U.S interests to force through U.S. style copyright legislation.
New Democrat Digital Affairs Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay) says the leaks raise serious questions about the role played by former Industry Ministers Maxime Bernier and Tony Clement.
The documents reveal how a key aide to then-Industry Minister Tony Clement urged the United States to put Canada on their piracy watch-list in order to pressure Parliament to pass legislation that undermines the rights of Canadian consumers.
“The U.S. Piracy List is supposed to be reserved for countries on the margin of international law. Instead it is being used as a bully tool to undermine Canada's international trade reputation,” said Angus. “It is astounding that Tony Clement would tarnish Canada’s international trade reputation by encouraging U.S. efforts to put us on this black list. Conservatives can’t be trusted to stand up for Canadian interests.”
The Wiki Leaks documents also reveal how former Industry Minister Maxime Bernier offered to give the American government a sneak peek at new copyright legislation even before it had been brought to the House of Commons.
“The Wiki Leaks documents reveal a pattern of collusion on the part of the Conservatives to undermine Parliament and sell out Canadian consumers. Canadians expect their government to stand up to unfair strong-arm tactics over copyright” said Angus. “Tony Clement appears to have supported a reckless course that damaged our international standing."