Industry Canada has notified Search Engine that despite the overwhelming amount of concern expressed on this site by the Canadian public (see below), Minister Jim Prentice will not come on to our program to answer the people’s questions before his new copyright bill is introduced. His office has told us to expect a statement explaining why, which we’ll post here once we get it.
We urge Minister Prentice to reconsider- this legislation is clearly a source of significant public worry (we’ve gotten more comments on this than on every other story we’ve posted, combined). Our request is for clarity- rather than leaving Canadians hanging in a limbo of anxiety and speculation, we feel it’s important for Minister Prentice to introduce some transparency into the legislative process and speak now to the people’s concerns.
To the 241 (and counting) visitors who took the time to post a question to the Minister, our promise to you is that we will keep our discussion active and our door open to Minister Prentice until he decides to use it.