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Saturday, 08 September 2012

Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament, CPC, Yorkton - Melville
19 - 1st Avenue North
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 1J3

Dear Mr. Breitkreuz,

Re: Mr. Harper’s Betrayal and the Conservatives’ Sell-out of Firearms Owners

I have purchased tickets to your skeet shoot in Yorkton next Saturday, 15 September 2012. I imagine many firearms owners will be there to celebrate the end of the “long-gun registry” with the passage of Bill C-19, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act.

Rather than celebrating this “victory”, we all should be in mourning. Every resource and every argument we had against the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act (Bill C-68), the Conservatives have squandered in merely ending the registration of long-guns. And, inexplicably Mr. Harper has betrayed us. The Conservatives have sold-out firearms owners and now enthusiastically endorse the Liberals’ unjust licencing scheme.

The Conservatives’ surreal endorsement of licencing of firearms owners is patently obvious from the statements of your caucus colleagues during the Parliamentary debate on Bill C-19:

  • “The point remains that it is a criminal offence for a decent, law-abiding, ordinary individual not to (be) properly licensed to acquire a firearm.”
    - The Honourable Vic Toews, M.P., CPC, Minister of Public Safety
  • “The Government of Canada supports the current licensing scheme.”
    - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, MP, CPC, Minister of Public Safety
  • “We will not be changing the requirement for individuals to hold a license.”
    - Ms. Candice Hoeppner, MP, CPC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety
  • “We believe in a robust regime of firearm licensing.”
    - Mr. Scott Armstrong, MP, Cumberland … Musquodoboit Valley, CPC
  • “A requirement for a valid firearms licence would remain in place.”
    - Mr. Bryan Hayes, MP, Sault Ste. Marie, CPC
  • “Just as important is what Bill C-19 would not do. It would not remove the requirement for Canadians to apply for a licence in order to own and use a long gun.”
    - Mr. Chris Warkentin, MP, Peace River, CPC
  • “Look at what is in Bill C-19, we still have the licensing provisions … That is gun control.”
    - Mr. Mike Allen, MP, Tobique—Mactaquac, CPC
  • “Canada's gun control laws, including very important licensing requirements, are robust and effective.”
    - Mrs. Kelly Block, MP, Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, CPC
  • “Bill C-19 would also require that individuals be in the possession of valid firearms licence when a firearm is purchased.”
    - - Mr. Ed Komarnicki, MP, Souris—Moose Mountain, CPC
  • “We believe that the individuals should be licensed.”1
    - The Honourable Rob Merrifield, MP, Yellowhead, CPC

And now from one of your Saskatchewan colleagues we have the ultimate insult:

  • “The Conservative Party has never suggested that we would remove licensing requirements for gun owners.”2
    - Senator David Tkachuk

You served honourably for over ten years as the Firearms Critic while in Opposition. You were steadfastly committed to repealing the Firearms Act - all of the Firearms Act – specifically licencing. Your handiwork here is woven firmly into Mr. Harper’s promise to firearms owners and the Conservative Party Policy affirming their commitment to respect “the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.”3

Therefore I am attending your skeet shoot simply seeking your answer to one question:

Why? After our loyally and faithfully supporting the Conservatives for the past seventeen years, why did Mr. Harper and the Conservatives so completely sell-out responsible firearms owners?

I trust that the next time you arrange a skeet shoot I will be able to participate without having to submit to a federal Government that demands I seek their permission merely to possess my shotgun.

Sincerely,


Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Secretary

Ref:
1. The Conservatives Support the Liberals’ Licencing Scheme
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_14_feb_2012.html

2. Letter from Senator David Tkachuk
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_29_apr_2009.html

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

Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
Association canadienne des propriétaires d’armes sans permis
402 Skeena Court Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 4H2
(306) 242-2379 (306) 230-8929
edwardhudson@shaw.ca
www.cufoa.ca