Opponents told the committee the amendment could keep potentially important documentation from a number of prominent Canadians -- R.B. Bennett and Sir Wilfrid Laurier, two former prime ministers, and others -- away from historians and students.
I found this quote both surprising and encouraging. With Eldred's failure to get the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act declared unconstitutional south of the border (see Eldred v. Ashcroft), it's easy to assume that the people in power don't understand the value of the public domain. Stories like this one buck me up! :-) And our MPs, no less! Woo hoo! Free the mouse!