Industry Minister Christian Paradis is not referring to Bill C-56 as legislation to implement the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). In question period debate in the House of Commons Monday, NDP MP Chairmaine Borg said the federal government’s new, anti-counterfeiting bill was a “back door” move to ratify ACTA. Paradis did not use the word ACTA, and said the bill aims to support and protect Canadian families from potentially dangerous counterfeit products. “We must ensure that the legislation is updated and appropriate in order to equip the authorities with effective tools to fight counterfeiting, which is exactly what was introduced on Friday,” Paradis said. Bill C-56, the Combating Counterfeit Products Act, was tabled in the House of Commons last Friday and would amend Canada’s copyright and trademark statutes to include new civil and criminal charges for offences and give border agents new powers to seize suspected counterfeit goods. Critics say the bill moves Canada closer to ratifying ACTA, which was rejected by the European Parliament last July after public rallies against the trade agreement.