SOCAN welcomes new government

SOCAN President Stan Meissner, CEO Eric Baptiste, Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté, SOCAN Member Alex Nevsky, Prime Minister designate Justin Trudeau, SOCAN member Sarah Slean, and former Liberal Heritage Critic Stéphane Dion attending the SOCAN Parliamentary Reception earlier this year.
October 22, 2015

Based on recent discussions with Mr. Trudeau and other key members of the Liberal Party, SOCAN is looking forward to working with the new Liberal Government. New Heritage and Industry ministers, along with the rest of cabinet, are expected to be sworn in Nov. 4, 2015.

“On behalf of our more than 130,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers across Canada, we offer our congratulations to Mr. Trudeau and the Liberal Party for their election victory,” said Eric Baptiste, SOCAN's Chief Executive Officer.

This election period SOCAN sent a questionnaire to the central campaigns of the main federal parties to determine where each party stood on its priority issues. The questions focused on copyright term extension and two key areas of copyright reform we see as priorities for government action in the short-term.

The Liberals' response to this questionnaire was most encouraging, signaling the new government is onside with SOCAN's key policy priorities.

“The Liberals have made a commitment to work with SOCAN and other stakeholders in our industry in an effort to broaden copyright term extension and apply it to authors, songwriters and publishers in addition to sound recordings or to address the unreasonably long time the Copyright Board needs to make its decisions, especially in relation to digital services,” added Baptiste. “We're optimistic that these consultations will lead to balanced policies that ensure content creators are fairly compensated for their work, and we'll be working hard to make sure that the new government lives up to these commitments.”

The Government of Canada has a role to play in ensuring creators and artists continue to work in an environment that fosters growth and economic development by pursuing policies and regulations that result in fair compensation for creators. SOCAN appreciates the commitments the Liberal government has made to renew funding in Canada's cultural sector, and to move forward with copyright legislation review. We are looking forward to working with the new Liberal Government on these welcome measures.