Thursday, 26 March 2015
To: Cliff and other RFOA Directors,
Dear Cliff, et al
Re: Firearm advocate accuses prime minister of betraying gun lobby (copied below)
I note that some of our recent postings about Mr. Harper's actions - more specifically, his lack of actions - have caused some concerns.
Those of us in CUFOA want Stephen Harper to keep his promise to responsible Canadian firearm owners. Mr. Harper declared that:
"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."(1)
We want the Mr. Harper, the Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, to uphold the Conservative Party Policy on firearms - a policy statement the Cliff and Joe both worked very hard to assist in its passage.(2) That is, we want the Prime Minister to respect:
"the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly."
We want Mr. Harper to honour the promises that the Conservative Party Firearms Critic made to us while Mr. Harper was in Opposition.(3) Garry Breitkreuz declared:
“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 laws to the way they were before 1995."
All of know that this is what Mr. Harper promised. And we supported him. But we also know that by "scarping the long-gun registry" Mr. Harper did not fulfill his promises. Mr. Harper kept the worst parts of the Firearms Act - licencing and reclassification of firearms by Orders-in-Council. We want to Prime Minister Harper to repeal all of the 1995 Firearms Act. And we want him to nullify the Criminal Code sections that make the mere possession of a firearm illegal. In short, we want Mr. Harper to respect our Right to own a firearm for self-defense.
I trust all of us are all in agreement that this is "what we want."
But please note what Mr. Harper's ministers have said about licencing:
"The Government of Canada supports the current licensing scheme, which limits lawful possession of firearms to persons who have been screened to ensure that they do not pose a risk to public safety."(4)
"All firearms owners will continue to be required to undergo background check, pass a safety training course, and possess a valid firearms licence."
And of even greater concern, this is Mr. Harper had to say just last week about our Right to own a firearm:
"In the US gun ownership is a Right.
"Gun ownership in Canada is a responsibility;
"We've got rid of the needless and ineffective long-gun registry because we already register gun owners … ."(5)
Mr. Harper has explicitly stated that he does not recognize our Right to own firearms.
Unfortunately, we cannot expect anything more from Mr. Harper.
The Conservatives under Stephen Harper do not deserve our support. It is time to send them for a "time out" so that we can elect another Party Leader. With another leader - a leader who will honour his promises and implement our Conservative Party Policy, we will once again vote Conservative.
Until then, we need to work for Mr. Harper's defeat.
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
1. Mr. Harper’s Promise to Repeal Bill C-68
2. The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration
3. The Promise of the Conservatives while Serving as the Loyal Opposition
4. The Conservatives’ Statements in Praise of the Licencing Mandate of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act, Bill C-68
5. Stephen Harper: We Register Gun Owners March 2015 (my transcript):
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
Association canadienne des propriétaires d’armes sans permis
402 Skeena Court Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 4H2
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Subject: Fw: Firearm advocate accuses prime minister of betraying gun lobby
Date: March 25, 2015 6:25 PM
To: Cliff & RFOA Directors
I don't know what Ed, Jack Wilson, Joe Gingrich and Al Muir want or who they really support in Government but this BS about supporting the Libs and NDP is never going to help us. With either or a coalition we will lose our firearms or be controlled to the point where they won't be worth having. In one breath they want firearms for defense and then when Harper speaks of having a firearm for this they are pissed off with him. Harper may not have given us all the changes we expected but with a Lib/NDP Government we be back to square one. Harpers wife comes from and area south west of Calgary in a rural area with bears and most everyone has a firearm.
With this attitude I can see why Sask. voted NDP for so many years and had nothing.
-----Original Message----- From: Edward Hudson
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 1:50 PM
Subject: Firearm advocate accuses prime minister of betraying gun lobby
Firearm advocate accuses prime minister of betraying gun lobby
By Calvin To Reporter Global News
Watch above: A Sask. firearm advocate who campaigned for the
Conservatives for years, is now accusing the prime minister of
betraying gun lobby. Calvin To has Edward Hudson’s story.
SASKATOON – Heated reaction is taking place on the heels of Prime
Minister Stephen Harper’s comments regarding gun use in rural areas.
“My wife’s from a rural area,” Harper said at the recent Saskatchewan
Association of Rural Municipalities convention in Saskatoon. “Gun
ownership wasn’t just for the farm. It was also for a certain level of
security when you’re a ways away from police, from immediate police
The prime minister later added he did not mean that people should be
taking the law into their own hands. Still, reaction was swift from
proponents of gun control.
“So this whole idea that you are far from a police station, which is
what he said in that very bizarre comment of his, so there for you
might have to arm yourself and use your weapons against other human
beings,” said NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair.
“Police across Canada have denounced that, the bar associations across
Canada have denounced that, I’m happy to see the prime minister is now
backing away from it, which was an incredibly ill-considered statement
by Stephen Harper.”
The prime minister is also drawing criticism from some in the gun lobby.
“He has betrayed us,” says local gun advocate Edward Hudson. “He does
not deserve our support.”
Hudson has been campaigning for the federal Conservatives for 15
years, and at the same time trying to change the laws regarding gun
ownership in Canada. He openly owns and uses firearms without a
license, and often encourages police to charge or arrest him.
Yet he is unhappy with the Conservatives’ record on gun control. He
says the Tories backed away from a promise years ago that they would
do away with the law requiring licensing for the purchase and
possession of firearms, and adds that he isn’t buying the prime
“It just seemed like so much baloney,” Hudson says.
“And as I say, it’s green baloney. Because baloney’s good, but not the
baloney he’s selling,”
Hudson says he wants to see this government replaced with a Liberal-
NDP coalition, if anything, in order to punish the Tories for what he
labels poor treatment of the gun lobby.
In the meantime, he will continue breaking the law, hoping to get
charged with a firearms-related offence so he can take his cause to
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The Conservatives’ Promises to Firearms Owners
Mr. Harper’s Promise to Repeal Bill C-68
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, if passed into law will not be a good law. It will be a blight on the legislative record of the government, a law that fails the three great tests of constitutionality, of effectiveness and of democratic consent to f the governed. What should be the fate of a bad a law? It should be repealed ... .
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.
- Stephen Harper, January 2002
- Source: DY
The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration
As approved by the CPC Montréal Convention, 19 March 2005
A Conservative Government will repeal Canada’s costly gun registry legislation and work with the provinces and territories on cost-effective gun control programs designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals while respecting the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly. Measures will include: mandatory minimum sentences for the criminal use of firearms; strict monitoring of high-risk individuals; crackdown on the smuggling; safe storage provisions; firearms safety training; a certification screening system for all those wishing to acquire firearms legally; and putting more law enforcement officers on our streets.
The Promise of the Conservatives while Serving as the Loyal Opposition
“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 laws to the way they were before 1995. gun 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.”
- Garry Breitkreuz, M.P.
Yorkton-Melville (SK) Conservative Firearms Critic, 08 July 2005
Register Criminals, NOT Duck Hunters
Garry Breitkreuz, MP, 25 February 2004
From: Dennis & Hazel Young
Date: September 1, 2009
To: 'Lee Jasper' Cc: 'Edward Hudson'
Subject: RE: Stephen Harper on Bill C-68 - January 2002
The statement was drafted by me, Tom Flanagan, Ken Boessenkool, approved by Stephen Harper and distributed to gun owners on January 19, 2002 by Garry Breitkreuz. It was part of an agreement Harper made to get Garry's support during the Canadian Alliance leadership race. Following Mr. Harper's win, he appointed Garry as the Official Opposition Critic for Firearms and Property Rights.