According to the author of “Canada government pledges to tighten copyright laws” published on Jurist Legal News & Research, the Canadian Government plans to strengthen its laws that govern intellectual property and copyright in order to foster economic growth and to protect the intellectual property rights of its citizens who bring innovative products to the Canadian market:
To fuel the ingenuity of Canada's best and brightest and bring innovative products to market, our Government will build on the unprecedented investments in Canada's Economic Action Plan by bolstering its Science and Technology Strategy. It will launch a digital economy strategy to drive the adoption of new technology across the economy. To encourage new ideas and protect the rights of Canadians whose research, development and artistic creativity contribute to Canada's prosperity, our Government will also strengthen laws governing intellectual property and copyright.
Back in May, Canada was placed on the Priority Watch List by the Office of US Trade Representative (USTR) for not having adequate intellectual property rights in place, stating that Canada failed to deliver on its commitment of implementing key copyright reforms. The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) stated back in 2008 that Canada was one of the worst violator of IP rights, alongside Russia and China.