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Wednesday, 09 May 2012

The Honourable Vic Toews, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Public Safety
Ottawa, Canada K1A 0P8

Dear Mr. Toews,

Your duplicity in dealing with firearms owners seems to know no bounds. While you receive accolades for putting some chief firearms officers in line for “breaking the law”1, you continue in office after blatantly lying to Parliament.

In your remarks to Parliament on Tuesday, 07 February 2012, you publically declared:

Madam Speaker, we made it very clear during the elections in 2011, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2000, 1997, and the predecessor parties, that our goal was to abolish the long gun registry, that we are opposed to the long gun registry. That was our platform. When we became government we did not change our platform.2

Your statement is egregiously false.

Only in the two elections of 2011 and 2008 was the election platform “scrap the long-gun registry.” Prior to Stockwell Day becoming Minister of Public safety after the election in 2006, the battle cry had always been “repeal Bill C-68”. For example, in 1995 Reform Leader Preston Manning:

I therefore submit in conclusion that Bill C-68, if passed into law, will not be a good law. It will be a bad law, a blight on the legislative record of the government, a law that fails the three great tests of constitutionality, of effectiveness and of the democratic consent of the governed.
What should be the fate of a bad law? It should be repealed, which is precisely what a Reform government will do when it eventually replaces this government.3

Note Stockwell Day in May 2000 when running for Leader of the Canadian Alliance:
One of the first things I would do is scrap Bill C-68.4
And note especially, Stephen Harper in January 2002:

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.5

And Garry Breitkreuz as the Official Opposition Critic for Firearms and Property Rights consistently called for the repeal of all of the Liberals’ “gun control” law:

There is only one way to fix this mess and that is to elect a Conservative government. We promise to repeal Bill C-68 and return the gun laws to the way they were before 1995. 5

And more specifically on 19 March 2005, at the CPC Montréal Convention, Mr. Harper’s Promise to respect “the rights of Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly” became officially part of Conservative Party Policy.5

Being so demonstrably false your statement is an affront to everyone who expects open, honest debate. But what is so damning about your statement is that you made it in support of Bill C-19, a Bill that endorses the Liberals’ 1995 licencing scheme:

First and foremost, all individuals will still be required to be licensed to possess a firearm …
In essence, Bill C-19 retains licensing requirements for all gun owners … .6

While masquerading as our friend, you flaunt the established Conservative Party Policy. You seek to complete the Liberals’ attempt to destroy our proud Canadian culture and heritage of responsible firearms ownership and our Right to possess firearms for self-protection.

Therefore we ask that you immediately resign as Minister of Public Safety.

Sincerely,

Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Secretary

CC: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, et al.

Ref:
1. Toews shoots down back-door registries
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/05/08/toews-shoots-down-back-door-registries

2. Vic Toews, House of Common Debate, Tuesday, 07 February 2012
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1&DocId=5364852#OOB-6526634

3. Preston Manning, House of Common Debate, 13 June 1995
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_13_jun_1995.html

4. Garry Breitkreuz, letter dated 24 April 2001
http://www.garrybreitkreuz.com/publications/CPA01.htm

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

6. Vic Toews on Ending the Long-gun Registry Act, 26 October 2011
http://openparliament.ca/hansards/2406/163/only/

 

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
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