Conservative Party

The Conservative Party of Canada has not yet responded to our requests for an interview on IT-related policies. We'll update this page as soon as someone does respond.

Late in the campaign, the party released it's platform. Among the planks that will affect IT: Stephen Harper is committed to reintroducing a DMCA-styled copyright act that could chill IT security research, and also promises tougher penalties for piracy and counterfeiting. On the R&D front, there's only a promise to “make additional investments in internationally recognized science and technology projects in Canada.” (No, the platform does not define “internationally recognized.”)

There's $75 million in venture capital to move technology firms from research to commercialization, a promise of a code of conduct for wireless carriers and legislation to prohibit spam.

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