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|Greg Illerbrun-Bringing You The Facts|
To date, we still have not secured a meeting with the Federal Government, even though one was suppose to happen the week of February 23-28, as a result of our impromptu meeting with the Prime Minister during the SWF convention on February 20.
As a result of a phone conversation with Albina Guarnieri, Associate Minister of Defense and Minister of State and Civil Preparedness, we have been able to determine that licensing of all owners and registration of all firearms are not on the table for discussion. This contradicts her statement in January 2004 that, All options are on the table.
Further to this, Minister Guarnieri has let it be known through the press that it is very unlikely any changes will be made before the election.
These two facts are in direct opposition to our requirements for change as noted below. While the Government seems to be willing to make some changes, failing to address points 1 & 2, which are paramount to us, leaves us no other option but to keep up the fight.
The following 13 points include what we are asking to be addressed with the Federal Government. The package would save taxpayers 100's of millions over the long haul, but still deliver on public safety, and we would actually work with them as no doubt the eight provinces and 3 territories that have opted out would too.
Our requirements for change are as follows:
Keep in mind that decriminalization, which they appear willing to do, is a very small step in itself and still leaves them with the ability to refuse law abiding citizens licenses and confiscate your firearms. Remember, Bill C-68 takes away your right to own a firearm!
The Ontario provincial court decision on March 2 ruled that the Federal Government cannot make 2 aboriginal men pay their fees to register their guns because their treaty gave them full and free rights to hunt. The judge further ruled that the sort of social hunting they were practicing is also part of their constitutionally protected treaty right to hunt.
This ruling sets the stage for the upcoming challenges by both the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and the Territorial Government of Nunavut. It is my opinion that any court that does not uphold First Nations right to hunt without any licenses or encumbrances would not be honoring the spirit of the treaty. The resulting positive court decision in this matter would ensure the right for First Nations people to own a firearm. Obviously, we would expect under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for that right to be extended to the rest of society.
There is an obvious solution to this problem the Federal Government must turn the authority for gun control back to the province. This will allow for the flexibility required to address the social, legal, regional and cultural concerns of all parties.
However, the Liberal philosophy seems to be the ends justify the means. As a result, we have issues like the 250 million dollar sponsorship scandal, 480 million for the cancelled military helicopters, 60 million for canceling the Pearson Airport contract, 101 million for luxury challenger jets, 1 billion for the mismanagement of Human resources, which by the way was funding employees for administration of the gun control fiasco. All of this pales when compared to the 2 billion now being reported by CBC for gun control.
You should also be aware that 100s of thousands were given to the Coalition for Gun Control under Wendy Cukier, Canada's leading anti-gun, anti-human rights activist, in the form of grants. The coalition in turn hired lobbyists to lobby the Liberal government for more gun control. Sound familiar?
So when the Prime Minister says he is going to account for Government spending, and that spending must pass a cost benefit analysis, it is time to hold him accountable for that.
The Feds are about to spend another 300 million for another computer system, the 4th system, with no guarantee that it will work either. In the meantime, lineups for hospital beds continue to grow and elective surgery has been cancelled in Saskatoon because they are out of money. Meanwhile, the Federal Government has no money to live up to its original commitment to fund 50% of health care.
An election is coming. Make sure your voice is heard!! National Firearms Association (NFA) green bag signs are available through the Recreational Firearms Community, Box 462, Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 4P1 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Never Forgive - Never Forget
PS: The Chretien Gag Law is still in effect, which restricts the
freedom of speech by individuals or groups during an election. Do you
suppose Mr. Martin will address this as part of his campaign to
eliminate the democratic defeat before the election? It is time to fish
or cut bait Mr. Martin.
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