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Tweed's library bill moves to Senate

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Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon Souris is thrilled that his Private Members’ Bill C-321, An Act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act (library materials) passed last night in the House of Commons.

"This bill will let libraries continue offering the same great services as in the past," Tweed said in a release Thursday.  "Since first introducing this Bill in 2007 I have had tremendous support from all across the country."

Bill C-321 seeks to enshrine not only the Library Book Rate in the Canada Post Corporation Act, but it also seeks to enshrine a wider definition of library materials including new media materials beyond books.

The Library Book Rate is a highly discounted postal rate offered by Canada Post.  This discounted rate has existed since 1939.

It is used by libraries to reduce the cost of offering inter-library loans and helps to provide equal access to printed library books for all Canadian readers regardless of their location whether they live in a rural, remote or urban area of Canada.

The Canadian Library Association (CLA), the largest national library group in Canada, has also given its full support to Bill C-321.

"It will now move into the Senate, and I am hopeful that people studying it there will see the positives, and the benefits to all Canadians," Tweed said.

Last week, the Brandon Sun reported the bill had been delayed due to stalling tactics by the federal NDP.

At the time, Tweed said he had hoped the bill could be made law before Christmas, but was worried it could be well into the spring of 2013 before it becomes law if the stalling continued.

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