On Friday March 1st 2013, Bill C-56 was introduced in the house of commons by Conservative MP Christian Paradis. The bill strongly resembles ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), Which Canada has signed on to, but has not ratified.
Read the full test of Bill C-56 HERE
The United States has been pushing for Canada to comply with ACTA regulations very recently.
In the 2013 Trade Policy Agenda and 2012 Trade Policy Report, the Office of the United States Trade Representative has encouraged Canada to “meet its Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement (ACTA) obligations by providing its customs officials with ex officio authority to stop the transit of counterfeit and pirated products through its territory.”
Bill C-56 will:
- Give border officers the authority to detain suspected commercial shipments and contact the rights holders;allow Canadian businesses to file a request for assistance, with the CBSA, in turn, enabling border officers to share information with rights holders regarding suspect shipments.
- Provide new criminal offences for the commercial possession, manufacture or trafficking of counterfeit trademark goods.
- Provide rights owners with new tools to protect their rights and take civil action against infringers.
- Create new offences for trademark counterfeiting, and
- Provide better tools to investigate commercial counterfeiting.
Bill C-56 seems to fall right in line with the Americans suggestion to implement ACTA. Which should be sounding alarm bells in the Canadian public.
Despite being rejected by the European Parliament, 31 nations have signed on to ACTA and the agreement only requires that 6 of them ratify the agreement for it to come into force. We as Canadians must ensure that Canada does not become one of those 6 nations, regardless of external pressures.
If you are not aware of ACTA here is a brief video explaining what it involves.