Firearms Owners Association
24 February 1995 For Immediate Release
CANADA NOT A TRUE DEMOCRACY WITHOUT PROPERTY RIGHTS
"If private property rights were in our Constitution, Rock couldn't implement his gun control laws."
Ottawa - Garry Breitkreuz, MP for Yorkton-Melville spoke out in support of private property rights in the House of Commons today. The motion calling for a constitutional amendment "to recognize the right of the individual to enjoy private property and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice" was introduced by Mike Scott, Reform MP for Skeena.
"The right to own and use private property means the right to live unmolested by government," said Breitkreuz. "But it really isn't the government taking our hard earned tax dollars(our property), it is all of us molesting and taking property from each other, through government. Government is not benevolent - it is force! The more wealth we try to get from each other through government, the more angry we get, not just with government but also with each other.
He continued, "We have trouble seeing what the lack of property rights has caused us and our society because too many of us believe that democracy gives the government the ultimate authority to take away our fundamental rights and our property; however, this is just using democracy as an excuse."
Breitkreuz declared, "What we have in Canada is not a true democracy. We vote every four or five years to elect another bunch of tax and spend specialists who disregard our fundamental right to own and use property. But that's not what democracy is. Democracy is supposed to be a way of keeping government under control, not a way of legitimizing the confiscation of private property without due process of law and without fair and timely compensation. Voting should be a way of preventing government from taking our property. Instead, we have become addicted to using it as a tool for taking one another's wealth."
"This is what I think is wrong with Canada and no amount of voting with the current system can fix it. The only solution is to entrench property rights in our Constitution. If this were done, Allan Rock couldn't implement his ineffective gun control laws and we would all be better off, public safety would be improved and law-abiding firearms owners would not be harrassed unecessarily. Unless we hold a referendum to include the right to private property in the Constitution, we have little hope of getting true democracy in Canada," concluded Breitkreuz.