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27 March 2015

Dear Linda - and the other RFOA Directors,

Thank you, Linda, for your reply. I want to state clearly that I respect you, and I respect your fellow RFOA Directors. And I respect differences of opinion. While our methods may vary, I have always valued the RFOA as a major source of encouragement in this fight to regain our Right to own firearms.

However, I fully endorse all of the comments that Al made in his response to your reply to me. Specifically, I fully concur  with Al's statement that:

            "we have absolutely no evidence that your 'yet' will ever arrive."

In fact, we have solid evidence that the "yet" will indeed never arrive.

Mr. Harper's latest firearms legislation, Bill C-42, the so-called Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act(1), more than anything emphasizes that Mr. Harper has adopted the Liberals' licensing scheme as his own personal baby.

Linda, what you have previously hailed as "a good first step" has become a full blown Conservative retreat from their promises to respect our Right to own firearms. By both his words and his actions, Mr. Harper clearly demonstrates that he does not believe that we have a right to own firearms. Mr. Harper made that point again today, saying:

            "We have made a commitment to Canadians ... we have registration of all gun owners."(2)

No matter how much easier Bill C-42 may make obtaining or renewing a licence, licencing will kill the ownership of firearms in Canada. That is licensing’s sole purpose.
If we disagree on this point, I need to know, for my trust in you is based on this understanding.

The best we can hope for now is a Conservative defeat in the October election, a subsequent leadership review, and the election of a new Conservative leader. We need a leader who will implement the Conservative Party Policy, a policy that we all have endorsed with our time, effort, and money over the past twenty-one years.

If we cannot achieve that goal, then, as Al says, "civil disobedience will be the end game."

I exhort you to recognize these facts.

Sincerely,

Ed.

Ref:
1. Bill C-42, The Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act.
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=6719328&File=39

2. Stephen Harper reacts to Supreme Court on gun registry, Friday, 27 March 2015
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/news-video/video-harper-welcomes-high-courts-decision-on-quebec-gun-data/article23668269/#video1id23650728
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Politics/ID/2661015269/

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On 26-Mar-15, at 6:02 PM, (Al) DARLENEMUIR wrote:

 We all know - at least we should - that the Conservatives will lose eventually, with or without, the results you predict. The only thing of importance is how far back they rolled existing laws to make it as hard as possible for their successors to accomplish what you predict.

 Further, we have absolutely no evidence that your "yet" will ever arrive. In fact the evidence points in the opposite direction, given the present governments inactions to this point.

To borrow your analogy we have paid the Conservatives in time and treasure to help us protect our marbles from the bullies only to discover those we have paid are bullies themselves. Its time to stand on our own two feet before we squander what little political (make that social) capital we have left that we built up when the Liberals were last in power.

I do not think you know Ed as well as you think if you did not realize that civil disobedience would be the end game if we did not arrive pre 1995, regardless of who was in power. I would give him more credit for playing the political game for as long as he did if I had not given up on the process when most of those that represent us were stupid enough to accept the end of the "registry" as repayment for our past efforts.

I do not think you will find my comments as offensive as I am offended by what those gun owners that purport to represent us have squandered.

 Rather than trying to convince those of us - that were clear from the beginning that we are set on a unwavering path- off of it, your time would be better spent trying to convince your friends in the Conservative party that they have traveled far too little in far too much time. Then we will not be working at cross purposes.

Al

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 On 03/26/15 06:30 PM, Linda Toews <toewsmail@gmail.com> wrote:

And working to elect a Liberal-NDP coalition which will immediately ban all handguns then work to get rid of the rest of our firearms is a better alternative? 

That's not "punishing the Conservatives" but punishing all of us because you're not satisfied with what we've achieved so far.

Yes, more was promised and it's not here yet - emphasis on yet.

I've known you a longtime, Ed.  We've both been in this fight for a long time. We've carried the fight to Ottawa as well as anywhere else we could. But these comments are not only not helpful they are detrimental to our cause.

I'm sorry to say this, Ed, but it's the truth. These comments sound like a little boy who's mad because he didn't win his game of marbles so he's going to pack them all up and give them to the bully down the road so the bully can hit all the other kids with them as well as himself.

I know you're better than this.

Let's see the Ed we all know and let's all work together instead of at cross purposes.

Linda

Sent from my iPhone

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> On Mar 26, 2015, at 2:29 PM, Edward Hudson <edwardhudson@shaw.ca> wrote:
>
> Thursday, 26 March 2015
>
> To: Cliff Healy 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.
>
> Sincerely,
>
>
> Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
> Secretary
>
> Ref:
>
> 1. Mr. Harper’s Promise to Repeal Bill C-68
> http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_19_jan_2002.html
>
> 2. The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration
> http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_19_jan_2002.html
>
> 3. The Promise of the Conservatives while Serving as the Loyal Opposition
> http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_19_jan_2002.html
>
> 4. The Conservatives’ Statements in Praise of the Licencing Mandate of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act, Bill C-68
> http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_14_feb_2012.html
>
> 5. Stephen Harper: We Register Gun Owners March 2015 (my transcript):
> http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/stephen-harper-defends-moderate-canadian-gun-control-policy-1.3000049
>
>
> 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
>
>
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>   
> From: cdhealy@telus.net
> Subject:    Fw: Firearm advocate accuses prime minister of betraying gun lobby
>
> Date:    March 25, 2015 6:25 PM
>
> To:    hutchenscj@hotmail.com, cdhealy@telus.net, dtcarstairs@gmail.com, lavondww@telusplanet.net, t8s1k5@telus.net, toewsmail@gmail.com, thammell@hotmail.com, barrymcm@shaw.ca, edwardhudson@shaw.ca
>
> I don't know what Ed, Jim (sic Jack) Wilson, Joe Gindrich (sic Gingrich) and Al Meir (sic 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.
>
> Cliff
>
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>
>
> -----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
>
> http://globalnews.ca/news/1903066/firearm-advocate-accuses-prime-minister-of-betraying-gun-lobby/
>
>
>
> 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
> assistance.”
>
> 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
> minister’s words.
>
> “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
> court
>
>
>
>
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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
> 81. Firearms
> 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
>
> Source DY
> 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.
>
> http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_19_jan_2002.html
>
>
>
>