Firearms Owners Association
22 January 2010
The Honounable Vic Toews
Dear Mr. Toews,
Re: Bring Some Honesty to the Ministry of Public Safety; Honour Conservative Commitments
Congratulations on your appointment as Minister of Public Safety. We look forward to your bringing some badly needed honestly to the Ministry of Public Safety.
While “Mission Creep” is quite often a problem with government programs, firearms owners have faced a massive “Mission Retreat” by Mr. Harper and many Conservative MP’s who have abandoned their publically stated commitments to protect the Rights of responsible Canadians to “own and use firearms” in a responsible manner by repealing the Liberal’s Firearms Act.
Since Mr. Harper allowed a former Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Stockwell Day, to contemptuously endorse “Enhance Licensing”, we have witnessed the appalling spectacle of many Conservative MP’s and Senators denying that, as the Official Opposition, they promised to repeal the entire Firearms Act. Mr. Harper has so deceitfully morphed “Repeal C-68” into “scrap the long-gun registry” than many newly elected Conservative MP’s and recently appointed Senators have apparently never even read the Conservatives’ Policy Declaration on firearms.
As the new Public Safety Minister I trust you will follow the well-founded admonition your Conservative colleague Garry Breitkreuz gave to former Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2004:
Our lives, and the lives of our families, depend upon your heeding this sound, logical advice.
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Encl: Conservative Policy and Promises Re: Repeal of the Firearms Act
CC: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
Mr. Harper’s Promise to Firearms Owners
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 [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.
As approved by the CPC Montréal Convention, 19 March 2005
“There is only one 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. Then I personally promise that I will start
the task of fixing all the flaws in federal firearm laws by requiring
that they be subjected to a public safety test administered by the Auditor
General of Canada. My proposal includes a sunset clause on all gun control
laws that have been proven by the Auditor General not to be cost effective
at reducing the criminal use of firearms and improving public safety.”