Recreational Firearms Community
of Saskatchewan
Greg Illerbrun-Bringing You The Facts
October - 2005

Greg Illerbrun, RFCSask Chairmam

Last month I informed you that the Canadian Firearms Center had delayed the registration of police and military firearms to “ensure compliance and be responsive to feedback.” The police on being interviewed are at a loss as to why they can’t register and are more than ready to comply. Low and behold, we have now learned that the Liberals have allocated another $273 million to the program and have tried to hide that fact from both parliament and the public in direct violation to the Auditor General who pointed out in her audit that one of the main problems with the gun legislation was keeping parliament in the dark! This information was only learned through the diligent efforts of Garry Breitkreuz’s office and access to information.

When confronted on the 273 million dollar expenditures, officials have been very vague; however, they have admitted that a good majority of the money is allocated to the computer system. Yes, the same system we have already spent untold millions on. It appears to me that this very expensive system still is not working and that is the real reason the police and military guns are not registered. The sad part of this is that they have admitted to spending $92,809,000 for fiscal year 2004-2005, which is over and above the $273 million!

The Liberals are under considerable pressure to do something about the escalating gun violence in Toronto. Rather than admit the registry, which only tracks the law-abiding gun owners, has been a complete failure, they are now lobbying the provinces to sue American gun manufacturing companies, as they are apparently the problem. Of course this is part and parcel of the same problem that brought us Bill C-68 and at that time Allan Rock said and I quote, “We have taken strong measures to deter the smuggling and illegal movement of firearms, and all of this while respecting the legitimate interests of law-abiding firearms owners who use their guns for hunting, sport shooting or collecting.” In 1998, Jean Valin, Justice spokesman told us and I quote, “Gun registration will also reduce smuggling at our borders. Newly manufactured inventory will be automatically registered. Any firearm imported into Canada for sale will be traceable throughout its history. Illegal shipments will be easier to stop and customs officers will be able to identify shipments against the database.” Let’s hope the provinces are not that gullible.

The people of Brazil have just voted down by referendum a bill that would have banned gun ownership in that country. Common sense does prevail if left in the hands of the public.

On another note, the Liberals are moving forward with legislation that will allow tapping of your e-mail, internet and phone. I think that they should do a pilot project on themselves. Maybe we wouldn’t need to have things like the Gomery Inquiry!

As Always…
Never Forgive - Never Forget

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