Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Copyright infringement or a lack of imagination?

Former BC Conservative leader Wilf Hanni is now the leader of the Christian Heritage Party of BC.   The current policy positions of CHP-BC seem to be taken in large part word for word from the BC Conservatives in about 2006.  The current BC Conservative policy document is quite different.

It is one thing to emulate  policy positions of another party but that does not mean copying the policy positions virtually word for word.   The two documents are structured exactly the same and large portions of the two documents have the exact same words.  It seems clear to me that that the CHP-BC policy document is simply a reuse of policy written for the BC Conservatives when Wilf Hanni was the leader of that party in 2006 to 2008

Here are a series of comparisons:

This is the current section from the CHP-BC policy document

Topic III: Education
1.0 A Christian Heritage Party of BC Government will give parents the freedom to choose to send one or more of their children to any public or independent school(s) as described below:
a) Public Schools: Those schools financed through government revenues.
b) Traditional Schools: Those public schools that emphasize traditional teaching methods.
c) Charter Schools: Those public schools which receive full funding from government revenues but have no school district boundaries in BC.
d) Independent Schools: These are private schools supported in part by student fees.These include schools which have a religious

From the 2006 BC Conservative policy document

Topic IV:  Education

Resolution 1
A BC Conservative Government will give parents the freedom to choose to send one or more of their children to any public or independent school(s) as described below:
a) Public Schools: Those schools financed through government revenues.  This is the largest category of schools in BC.
b) Traditional Schools:  Those public schools that emphasize traditional pedagogy.
c) Charter Schools:  Those public schools which receive full funding from government revenues but have no school district boundaries in BC.
d) Independent Schools:  These are private schools supported in part by student fees.  These include schools which have a religious emphasis.

Other than the party name, the words are almost identical, but this is only one example of many.

Current CHP-BC policy

Topic IV: Employment and Job Creation
1.0 A Christian Heritage Party of BC Government will encourage and support our residents who wish to complete their education up to and including grade twelve.

2006 BC Conservative Policy

Topic V:  Employment and Job Creation
 Resolution 1
A BC Conservative Government will encourage and recommend support for our residents to complete their education up to and including grade twelve.

Only minor wording issues.

From the current CHP-BC policy

5.0 A Christian Heritage Party of BC Government will establish an “Essential Services Dispute Mechanism” as a fair and impartial way of resolving issues between the Provincial Government and its employees.

2006 BC Conservatives


Resolution 7
A BC Conservative Government will establish an “Essential Services Dispute Mechanism” as a fair and impartial way of resolving issues between the Provincial Government and its employees.

Current CHP-BC policy 

6.0 A Christian Heritage Party of BC Government will open up the offshore to drilling and encourage Oil & Gas Companies to explore, develop and produce crude oil, natural gas and coal bed methane gas from off the Northwest Coast and on land across British Columbia in an environmentally safe way. A portion of the royalties received will be put towards the development of sustainable renewable resources for the people of B.C.

From 2006 BC Conservatives

Resolution 9
A BC Conservative Government will open up the offshore to drilling and encourage Oil & Gas Companies to explore, develop and produce oil & gas from off the Northwest Coast and on land across British Columbia in an environmentally safe way. A portion of the royalties received will be put towards the development of sustainable renewable resources for the people of B.C.

From the current CHP-BC policy

7.0 The Christian Heritage Party of BC believes that urbanization of the Lower Mainland has already gone too far; has created virtually insoluble traffic problems and dangerous levels of pollution, and that further expansion of this process should be discouraged.

A Christian Heritage Party of BC Government will encourage the location of industry and the development of public infrastructure facilities and services, including necessary road, rail, and air links, in the North and Interior by making Crown land readily available for such use, thereby creating opportunities for employment in rural areas suffering economically as a result of mining, forestry, government, and other cutbacks.

From the 2006 BC Conservative document

Resolution 12
The BC Conservative Party believes that urbanization of the Lower Mainland has already gone too far; has created virtually insoluble traffic problems and dangerous levels of pollution, and that further expansion of this process should be discouraged.

A BC Conservative Government will encourage the location of industry and the development of public infrastructure facilities and service, and needed road, rail, and air links, in the Heartland by making Crown land readily available for such use, thereby creating opportunities for employment in rural areas suffering economically as a result of mining, forestry, government, and other cutbacks.

From the current Christian Heritage Party policy

2.0 A Christian Heritage Party of BC Government will put in place a procedure for the resolution of outstanding Aboriginal issues to avoid the fragmented, debilitating, wasteful and socially inefficient process of litigation.


3.0 A Christian Heritage Party of BC Government will insist that all outstanding native land claims be settled with the payment of cash by the Federal Government. If any crown land is included in the resolution of a land claim, the Federal Government must compensate the provincial government for the value of the land, including all the natural resources it contains.

From the 2006 BC Conservative policy

Resolution 2
A BC Conservative government will put in place procedures for the resolution of outstanding Aboriginal issues to avoid the fragmented, debilitating, wasteful and socially inefficient process of litigation.


Resolution 5
A BC Conservative Government will insist that all outstanding native land claims be settled with the payment of cash by the Federal Government. If any crown land is included in the resolution of a land claim, the Federal Government must compensate the provincial government for the value of the land, including all the natural resources it contains.

I think the BC Conservative party has a good case to make that the CHP-BC is infringing on BC Conservative intellectual property, though I suspect the only reason anyone would ever notice is because I posted this here today.


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