Several weeks ago, aboard the Prime Minister's plane headed to New Orleans for the "three amigos" summit, the affable and impressive Industry Minister Jim Prentice came back to chat to reporters.
He was asked about the long-awaited copyright-reform legislation, which has been rumoured to be making an appearance since last December. This is an issue of particular interest to the United States and its ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins.
Here's an interview from last December, in which Wilkins talks briefly about it.
It's also a huge issue in cyberspace and the reigning expert is Michael Geist, who columnizes in the Star. Geist reported on his blog yesterday that Government House Leader Peter Van Loan has been ordering folks to direct all correspondence on copyright reform to Prentice's office.
Obviously, something's on the way. And sure enough, one of my eagle-eyed colleagues was walking through 240 Sparks Street this morning, where the minister's office is located, and spotted people eyeing some big white signs that proclaim "Made in Canada Copyright Reform." So it seems an announcement is imminent.
And, just to further speculate, is it possible that Prentice wants to get this out of the way before he's shuffled to a more demanding portfolio? It's rumoured that Prentice is headed to something big, such as Finance or Foreign Affairs.