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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Dave Webb
Dave Webb is a freelance editor and writer. A veteran journalist of more than 20 years' experience (15 of them in technology), he has held senior editorial positions with a number of technology publications. He was honoured with an Andersen Consulting Award for Excellence in Business Journalism in 2000, and several Canadian Online Publishing Awards as part of the ComputerWorld Canada team.