Firearms Owners Association
01 August 2004
The Right Honourable Paul Martin
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
Re: Protection of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Last June when you were in the middle of the election campaign you promised, “Under a Liberal government fundamental Rights will not be open to negotiation. I will defend the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” [Time magazine, 21 June 2004]
Your are indeed correct; fundamental Rights should never be open to negotiation. Therefore I trust that you will forthwith honor that promise by repealing the Firearms Act which states, “The Governor in Council may make regulations prescribing the circumstances in which an individual does or does not need firearms to protect the life of that individual or of other individuals, ... .” (Section 117).
Clearly the Firearms Act violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section 7, which guarantees everyone “the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof... .” Nowhere in Canadian constitutional law have we granted any governmental agency the power to decide how we may defend ourselves.
For the past eighteen months our organization has been engaged in a tiring, expensive, unequal fight against the Liberal Party to protect our Rights and Freedoms. As the attached announcement shows, we are as determined as ever to preserve our Canadian heritage of responsible use of firearms. We will not rest until we have secured our Rights against unconstitutional usurpation.
When you convene Parliament this fall stop your equivocation and demonstrate your commitment to protect the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Repeal the Firearms Act immediately.
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
CC: Lt Governor Lynda Haverstock
Canadian Unregistered Firearms Owners Association