Firearms Owners Association
Saturday, 09 April 2011
Maurice Vellacott, MP, CPC, Saskatoon-Wanuskewin
Re: The Conservative Party Platform 2011
I certainly appreciated the brief discussion we had yesterday concerning Canadians’ Right to own and possess firearms for personal self-protection. Therefore I hope that you will appreciate how terribly disappointed I am in Mr. Harper’s “Here for Canada” 2011 election platform that I obtained this morning:
As you well know, I am one of those “duck hunters” who Mr. Harper accuses the Liberals, the NDP, and the Bloc Quebecois of “heaping penalties” upon with the “previous Liberal government's $2-billion long-gun registry”.
But the so-called long-gun registry is NOT the problem. The truly evil part of the Liberal’s 1995 Firearms Act is the mandate to obtain a federal licence merely to possess a firearm. Licensing is an “owners registry” that needs to be ended “once and for all”.
Yet Mr. Harper and the Conservative Party Government continue to endorse the Liberal’s licencing scheme - a devise that gives the federal Government a computerized list of the name and address of every honest, responsible Canadian who owns a firearm. Yet this registry of honest citizens does absolutely nothing to stop violent criminals and drug dealers from shooting innocent Canadians. Worst, this list violates the scared trust that is necessary between Government and citizen.
Maurice, you know I own several shotguns and rifles. You are also aware that I do not have a licence to possess my firearms. I have taken these actions as a conscientious act of open, public, peaceful, civil non-compliance to the unjust mandate of the federal Firearms Act to obtain a licence to possess my firearms. Now, because of Mr. Harper’s inexplicable, traitorous endorsement of this discredited Liberal policy, I am subject to arrest at any time.
I continue to work for your re-election because I trust that you will be able to prevail upon Mr. Harper to honour his pledge – and the Policy of the Conservative Party of Canada - to respect “the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly”.
Without the repeal of licensing, ending the long-gun registry is a hollow, worthless pledge.
Without the repeal of licensing, I - and many other principled firearms owners - may be in prison before the next election.
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
1. The Conservative Party Platform 2011
Encl: Conservative Policy and Promises Re: Repeal of the Firearms Act
CC: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister
I was and still am in total agreement with the statement made in the House of Commons by former Reform Leader Preston Manning on 13 June 1995:
Bill C-68 [The Firearms Act] has proven to be a bad
law and has created a bureaucratic nightmare for both gun owners and the
government. As Leader of the Official Opposition, I will use all powers
afforded to me as Leader and continue our party’s fight to repeal
Bill C-68 and replace it with a firearms control system that is cost effective
and respects the rights of Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.
As approved by the CPC Montréal Convention, 19 March
“There is only one to fix this mess and that is to
elect a Conservative government. We promise to repeal Bill C-68 and return
the gun laws to the way they were before 1995. Then I personally promise
that I will start the task of fixing all the flaws in federal firearm
laws by requiring that they be subjected to a public safety test administered
by the Auditor General of Canada. My proposal includes a sunset clause
on all gun control laws that have been proven by the Auditor General not
to be cost effective at reducing the criminal use of firearms and improving