Bill C-68 Region 6 (Swift Current)
WHEREAS Bill C-68 violates the Canadian Charter of Rights in at least six
WHEREAS it is obvious that the Federal Liberal Government does not intend
to Charter-proof C-68, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED that the Government of Saskatchewan take whatever means
necessary including court action to protect our rights set out in the
Minister of Justice: As you know, the Government of Saskatchewan has
already taken the following significant steps to make the Province's
opposition to the Firearms Act known to the Federal Government:
- When the Firearms Act was first under consideration in Parliament, an
all-party delegation went to Ottawa to express Saskatchewan's opposition
to the Bill.
- In 1996, the Government of Saskatchewan advised the Federal Government
that we would not participate in the administration of the new firearms
licensing and registration systems.
- We joined the Alberta constitutional challenge to the Firearms Act, at
both the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
- Most recently, after the Supreme Court decision upholding the
constitutionality of the Firearms Act, the Government indicated that
provincial prosecutors would not be involved in prosecutions under the
These are all steps which are open to the provincial government to
take. However, the rights guaranteed by the Charter are individual in
nature, and their application will depend heavily on the facts of a
particular case. The Government's position is that Charter-based
challenges are best brought by individuals, who can assert their own
rights, rather than by the Government. In fact, some cases the courts
have held that one individual cannot rely on another person's Charter
rights. That principle may apply with even greater force in one
government tried to challenge another government's actions, based on the
rights of individuals who are not part of the court action.
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