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A Cancer of the Soul

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Mr. Harper's Big Lie
"Not Cracking Down on Duck Hunters"

Stephen Harper was at his oratory best in his speech to the Conservative Party Convention in Calgary on Friday evening 01 November 2013. In reviewing his record of accomplishments. Mr. Harper loudly boasted to the crowd:

"You don't prevent gun crimes in our cities by cracking down on duck hunters.

'This party ... ended ... the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry."(1)

As I stood in stone-cold silence in the back of the auditorium, my colleague Joe Gingrich angrily murmured, "Mr. Harper is attempting to hoodwink this Convention with the Big Lie."

Beguilingly Mr. Harper invites us to join him in entering his Orwellian world of "1984". As George Orwell predicted, in "contradiction of the plain facts", Mr. Harper now tells us:

"deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, (and) forgets any fact that has become inconvenient ... ."( 2)

To accept Mr. Harper's pretentious grandiloquence we would have to suspend reality.

Please Note Well: Stephen Harper has deliberately forgotten:

  • the promise he made to firearms owners to repeal the Bill C-68 - the Firearms Act and all the attendant Criminal Code changes that made the mere possession of a firearm illegal.(3)
  • the Conservative Party Policy to respect "the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly."(3)
  • the pledge that his Firearms Critic Garry Breitkreuz made to firearms owners(3) "to repeal Bill C-68 and return the laws to the way they were before 1995."

Far worse, Mr. Harper has conveniently ignored the fact that his endorsement of the Liberals' 1995 Bill C-68 licencing scheme IS in fact 'cracking down on duck hunters'.

  • Every firearms owner who has submitted to this unjust law is now on the RCMP's Canadian Police Information Center's list of persons of interest to police.(4)
  • Every firearms owner who has refused to submit to what is now Mr. Harper's licencing scheme is subject to arrest and the confiscation of their firearms.(5)

Fortunately, the CPC Convention did not end with Mr. Harper's speech.

The next day in a near unanimous vote we delegates reaffirmed the Conservative Party Policy that recognizes our Right "to own and use firearms responsibly."

And for good measure we adopted a clause that declares that a Conservative Government:

"recognizes the legitimacy of private ownership of firearms and will resist any domestic or international pressure to the contrary."(6)

With this as our rallying cry, we reject Mr. Harper's Big Lie.

In the most emphatic manner possible we must remind Mr. Harper that we are NOT sheep. We remember his promises. We remember Garry Breitkreuz's promises.

And we have reconfirmed our Conservative Party Policy that recognizes our Right "to own and use firearms responsibly."

Mr. Harper must regain his memory. Mr. Harper must keep his promise. AND Mr. Harper must implement legislation to repeal Bill C-68 - the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code provisions that make the mere possession of a firearm illegal.

Until Mr. Harper enshrines in law our Right "to own and use firearms responsibly", we will seek his removal as Party Leader.

Sincerely,


Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Secretary
Sunday, 10 November 2013

CC: Stephen Harper, Leader, Conservative Party of Canada

Ref:

1. Mr. Harper's Quote on Duck Hunters:
http://www.torontosun.com/2013/11/01/pm-highlights-successes-talks-senate-scandal-at-party-convention
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Politics/ID/2415698838/

2. The Big Lie
Orwell, George (1949). Nineteen Eighty-Four. Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd, London, part 1, chapter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Lie

3. The Conservatives’ Promises to Firearms Owners
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_19_jan_2002.html

4. Canadian Police Information Center
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/nps-snp/cpic-cipc-eng.htm

5. Biggar RCMP Firearms Confiscation Court Argument; Appendix A
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/armes/armes_12_sept_2013.html

6. Conservative Party Policy Handbook 2013


Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
Association canadienne des propriétaires d’armes sans permis
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