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The Logic of Voting Green versus the Illogic of Voting Conservative

In response to a message I posted encouraging responsible firearms owners to “Vote Green!”, a writer replied:

“Sure! We should all vote green, hand the split votes to the left, and watch our rights be further trampled - Impressive strategy.”

I make no claim of being the originator of “Vote Green!”; that honour lies with Willy Floyd of Rock Creek, British Columbia.
I will attest, however, that I support his push to “Vote Green!” in the next election.

As Willy Floyd says:

Our electoral system provides an opportunity for us to deny all three major parties a majority win and thus to avoid the certainty of progressive laws leading to the seizure of all privately owned firearms.

This we will do by temporarily shifting our vote to the Greens.”(1)

The Logic of “Voting Green!”

The basic idea of “Voting Green” is to get Mr. Harper’s attention; and the attention of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Right now Mr. Harper is content to lie to us, telling us that he has “kept his promise” by “ending the long-gun registry”.

The leaders of the Conservative Party are equally content to repeat this lie, all the while continuing to ask us to send them more money. I receive a letter AND a telephone call almost monthly asking me to send financial support to “protect our Freedoms”.

This is the use of Stalin’s Big Lie.

Please compare Mr. Harper’s promise to what he actually did.

Mr. Harper promised to “repeal Bill C-68” – all of it:

“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, if passed into law will not be a good law. It will be a blight on the legislative record of the government, a law that fails the three great tests of constitutionality, of effectiveness and of democratic consent to f the governed. What should be the fate of a bad a law? It should be repealed ... .’”

“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.”(2)
- Stephen Harper, January 2002


Bill C-68 is Jean Chrétien’s 1995 Firearms Act plus all the attendant changes to the Criminal Code that destroyed our Right to have firearms for personal protection by making the mere possession of a firearm a criminal offence.

Now please Note Well what Mr. Harper actually did:

“We will not be changing the requirement for individuals to hold a license.”
Candice Hoeppner, MP, CPC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety

“All firearms owners will continue to be required to undergo background check, pass a safety training course, and possess a valid firearms licence.”
The Honourable Vic Toews, P.C., Q.C., M.P., CPC, Minister of Public Safety

“The Government of Canada supports the current licensing scheme, which limits lawful possession of firearms to persons who have been screened to ensure that they do not pose a risk to public safety.”
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, MP, CPC, Minister of Public Safety(3)

Mr. Harper and his so-called Conservative Members of Parliament and Senators now wholeheartedly endorse the Liberals’ licencing scheme AND the confiscation, forfeiture, and destruction of private property without charge, trial, or conviction.

Compare that with the Conservative Party of Canada’s Policy Declaration to respect “the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.”(4)

As Mr. Floyd explains, in the next election we shift our votes to the Greens – a party that has NO chance of forming Government. The decrease in Conservative votes will be reflected in the increase in Green votes.

And with a bit of good fortune Mr. Harper will lose the next election, or at least be reduced to minority status.

Then and only then will the egotistic Mr. Harper – and the equally dysfunctional leaders of the Conservative Party – realize that they cannot continue to tell us lies and expect us to continue to vote for them.

The Illogic of continuing to “Vote Conservative!”

When Jean Chrétien was Prime Minister now retired Saskatoon Police Sergeant Murray Grismer compared responsible firearms owners to the battered children of an abusive relationship. Sgt. Grismer said that firearms owners were so impoverished for love and craving attention that they would accept anything and do anything to prove that they were loved. Unfortunately, even now with Stephen Harper and his strong, majority Conservative Government, responsible firearms owners still have abusive “parents”. And worse, many otherwise responsible firearms owners are now willing to call Mr. Harper’s sell-out a “good first step”. Mr. Harper’s action on C-19, Ending the Long-gun Registry Act”, is nothing less than a total betrayal of responsible firearms owners.

Look at what Kelly Block, Conservative Party MP from Saskatchewan said in support of Bill C-19:

“That is why the government is investing $7 million annually to strengthen front-end screening of first-time firearms licence applicants.

Canada's gun control laws, including very important licensing requirements, are robust and effective.(5)

I take it as a given that the licencing mandate of the Firearms Act, with its attendant Criminal Code provisions that make the mere possession of a firearm illegal, is the worst part of the Jean Chrétien, Allan Rock, and Anne McLellan’s vile Liberal legacy.

Yet right now, under Mr. Harper and his Conservative Ministers, it is crime in Canada for responsible citizens to possess a shotgun or a bolt-action rifle for self-protection – unless the Government grants them permission.

What type of logic could convince anyone to vote for a Government that endorses this unjust Liberal legacy?

I submit that logic dictates that responsible firearms owners should Vote Green!
Teach these Conservative sons-of-running-dogs a lesson in common sense with your next vote.

Sincerely,

Edward B. Hudson
Saskatoon

Ref:

1. Reasons to Vote Green – Willy Floyd
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/licensing/licensing_20_jan_2013.html

2. Mr. Harper’s Promise to repeal Bill C-68
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_19_jan_2002.html

3. The Conservatives’ Statements in Praise of the Licencing Mandate of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act, Bill C-68
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_14_feb_2012.html

4. The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_19_jan_2002.html

5. Step boldly forward and repeal the Firearms Act
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_11_mar_2012.html