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Please Note Well:

Voting for the Conservatives is a wasted vote;
Conservatives Support Licencing:

"Ms. Hoeppner’s Private Members Bill carefully included only the
long-gun component,
as we support the other parts of the Firearms Registry (sic Act) - the
safe storage of weapons and PAL (Possession and Acquisition License),
for example.

"Our Conservative government has always been clear: we support the
licensing of people who own firearms and the registration of
prohibited and restricted weapons-but we are also very well aware that
criminals don't register their guns."

Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Subject: October e-newsletter

October 2010 From the “Hill” to your Home

Dear Friends;

Another month has passed and fall is here. The House of Commons is now
in full swing. In this month’s e-newsletter you will find information
about Bill C-391, Multiple Sclerosis, House of Commons Decorum, Legacy
of Care, lobbying limitations, a travel warning and extra info.

Gun Registry vote(C-391)-Here is the motion that was voted on Sept 22,
2010:”Vote on the motion to concur in the Second Report of the
Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security
(recommendation not to proceed further with Bill C-391, An Act to
amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act (repeal of long-gun
registry))”. The vote was NOT on the bill itself, but on a motion put
forward by Liberal MPs in the Public Safety Committee (chaired by Mark
Holland) NOT to go any further in the legislative process with this
bill. Here is what transpired:

The Liberal-NDP-Bloc voted in favour of the Liberal motion to stop the
debate on a Private Members Bill brought forward by Manitoba MP
Candice Hoeppner which would have scrapped the wasteful long gun
registry. In a very close vote, 153 in favour of the motion and 151
against, Liberal Mark Holland’s motion passed. This effectively stops
Bill C-391 from coming back into the House for 3rd Reading, even
though many who voted to stop it on Sept. 22 had previously supported
it at First and Second Reading.
You have no idea how disappointed we are on this outcome. Candice
Hoeppner’s bill was a well-constructed one, done with careful thought
and after much discussion; in fact, it was seconded by 20 Members of
Parliament, one of whom was in the NDP (and to be fair, this MP, Bruce
Hyer of Thunder Bay/Superior North did, in fact, vote against the
Liberal motion last evening). Five other NDP Members of Parliament
also supported repealing the long-gun registry. For your information,
these include Niki Ashton, Dennis Bevington, Nathan Cullen, Jim
Malloway, and John Rafferty.

Many of you are well-aware of the history of the bill, and the effort
put forward by my colleague Garry Breitkreuz for many years to
dismantle the $2 billion long-gun registry. Ms. Hoeppner’s Private
Members Bill carefully included only the long-gun component, as we
support the other parts of the Firearms Registry- the safe storage of
weapons and PAL (Possession and Acquisition License), for example. Our
Conservative government has always been clear: we support the
licensing of people who own firearms and the registration of
prohibited and restricted weapons-but we are also very well aware that
criminals don't register their guns. That's what makes the long-gun
registry wasteful and ineffective. It has never targeted actual
criminals committing gun crime. What is particularly distasteful to
our Government and to law-abiding Canadians is that it targets
farmers, duck hunters and gun collectors. These are Canadians, being
punished for where they live, and how they live.
As Sergeant-Detective Robert Menard (retired) of Kirkland Quebec said
on August 26th this year, “When all criminals register their illegal
weapons, that is the day I will believe in the gun registry.
Otherwise, it's just another means to control people and spend our tax

Several NDP Members of Parliament, including Peter Stoffer, who
previously has been an outspoken critic of the long gun registry DUE
TO THE WISHES OF HIS OWN CONSTITUENTS in rural Nova Scotia, made an
about-face just a few days before the vote and voted to support the
Liberal motion. And even though this was a Private Members Bill, which
means each Member votes according to their own constituents’ wishes,
the Liberal party under Michael Ignatieff was whipped to vote, meaning
they were told to vote one way. This is highly unusual. The Bloc all
want to maintain the long-gun registry. Liberals and NDP both will
have to go back to their constituents and explain WHY they changed
their minds and voted to stop the bill before it even reached Third
Reading. (see list below)* My office in Ottawa has received many
letters to thank us for trying to repeal the long gun registry. The
letters have come from across Canada, from Langley, B.C. to Ajax, ON,
and many points in the east and in the west, from cities and towns.

The Prime Minister is determined that we will continue to fight for
our law abiding hunters, farmers and gun collectors. This matter,
despite being a 15 year boondoggle, is not over. Our Government’s
focus will continue to be on the safety of Canadians and we will work
tirelessly to ensure that money and resources to protect our citizens
goes where it belongs - into the hands of our police forces, rather
than into the ineffective, wasteful long-gun registry.

For your information, here is a list of opposition members who voted
to stop the debate on C-391 (plus the entire Bloc Caucus):
*Liberals who voted for C-391 at Second Reading/Changed Vote on
September 22, 2010
Scott Andrews
Larry Bagnell
Jean-Claude D’Amours
Wayne Easter
Anthony Rota
Todd Russell
Scott Sims

NDP who voted for C-391 at Second Reading/Changed Vote on September
22, 1010
Malcolm Allen
Claude Gravell
Carol Hughes
Keith Martin
Peter Stoffer (paragraph above)
Glen Thibeault

Multiple Sclerosis information: The experts in Canada have told the
Government that it is important to set the record straight and we all
agree on the way forward:
There are studies underway where we hope to have preliminary results
in a matter of months-NOT YEARS.
We are accelerating the development of a protocol for a Pan-Canadian
clinical trial.
Our resolve to work together with the experts is strong and we are
committed to doing everything we can to accelerate progress.

We commit to keeping everyone up-to-date as the work continues to move

House of Commons Decorum: MP Michael Chong has brought forward
proposals to help Question Period become more effective and efficient.
They include: elevating decorum and strengthening the use of
discipline by the Speaker; lengthening the amount of time given for
each question and answer (thereby allowing more detailed responses);
requiring that ministers respond to questions directed at them;
allocating half the questions each day for backbench members;
dedicating Wednesdays exclusively for questions to the Prime Minister;
dedicating the rest of the week to questions for other Ministers. I
welcome MP Chong’s efforts and hope to see some improvement in daily
Question Period. I put forward a motion a few years back requesting
that decorum be improved in the House but unfortunately, my motion did
not get chosen for debate.

Legacy of Care: A couple of days ago, Minister MacKay made a follow-up
announcement (see below**) to support seriously injured men and women
in uniform and their families. Calling this “Legacy of Care”, the
Minister outlined the main 5 points of this newest initiative:
• Barrier-Free transitional housing for injured soldiers undergoing
treatment at one of the CF's seven centres of expertise in
• Support services such as wheelchair accessible transportation to
medical appointments, caregiver respite, child care, and the delivery
of medical supplies and groceries during rehabilitation;
• Up to $100 per day for family or close friends who leave their job
to help provide care to the ill or injured soldier;
• Improving access to the Canadian Forces Spousal Education Upgrade
Program; and,
• Making it easier for seriously ill or injured veterans to access
help, information, and individual attention, through enhanced case
management support.

The Government recognizes the exceptional challenges faced by
seriously injured Canadian Forces personnel and their families as a
result of sacrifices made in service to this country. With these new
measures, our government is establishing a legacy of care that
improves the quality of life for our seriously injured personnel and
their families. We will continue to find ways to deliver on our
commitment to those who have sacrificed so much for Canada, as well as
for their loved ones, who put their own lives on hold in order to be
caregivers. These new initiatives contribute in a tangible and lasting
way to supporting CF members’ eventual reintegration into military or
civilian life with their families. This announcement is another step
in a series of concrete actions the Government of Canada is taking to
deliver improvements in support and care for our Veterans and their

In review, the New Veterans Charter was implemented after broad
consultation with Veterans groups and after years of complaints about
the Pension Act. There was NO political opposition to the NVC and it
received unanimous consent in 2005. It was an initial, up-front cost
of $740 million over the first five years. Veterans receive a lump sum
payment for pain and suffering AS WELL AS a comprehensive
rehabilitation package, earnings loss benefit, case management
support, and other benefits.

**On Sunday, September 19th, Ministers Blackburn and MacKay announced
the first part of improvements to the Charter. This included $2
billion of new funding for young, modern day Veterans. Ensuring our
Veterans and their families have the support they need, when they need
it, is a non-negotiable priority for the Government of Canada. That's
why the Government of Canada is taking immediate action to update the
current support system to better reflect the needs of Veterans of
modern-day conflicts and their families.
· We will increase financial support for seriously injured
Veterans, and ensure ill and injured Veterans have an adequate monthly
income by enhancing the earnings loss benefit. These measures will
benefit more than 3,500 Veterans over the next five years.
· We will also increase to $40,000 the minimum annual income
Veterans receive who participate in the Government’s rehabilitation
program. This measure will benefit 2,320 Veterans over the next five

The Government has worked hard to ensure that major stakeholder groups
are supportive of these improvements and of those to come. We will
continue to work with Veterans organizations and advisory groups to
ensure programs and services meet the needs of Canada’s Veterans and
their families. For a copy of the complete press release, and Veterans
Affairs Canada website, click here:

Lobbying limitations: On September 20th, the Honourable Stockwell Day,
President of the Treasury Board announced that new rules are now
officially in effect to extend the lobbying limitations of the Harper
Government’s Accountability Act to ALL Members of Parliament, Senators
and senior staff in the offices of the Leader of the Opposition, both
in the House and the Senate. This is good news for Canadian families,
workers and small business people, who can be confident that their
Parliament is fully accountable to them and NOT to special interest

TRAVELLERS PLEASE NOTE: The Government of Canada has just issued an
official warning against non-essential travel to the border areas
between the United States and Mexico, due to continuing high levels of
violence linked to drug trafficking. Canadians should avoid crossing
Mexico’s northern border by land, as shootouts, attacks, and
roadblocks may occur at any time. Criminals especially target SUVs and
full-size pickup trucks for theft and carjacking along highways of the
states of Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Baja California, Chihuahua,
Coahuila, Durango, Sonora, and Sinaloa. Travellers are advised to
reconsider their need to travel to these border-states. They should do
so only if it is absolutely necessary and after making appropriate
arrangements to ensure their personal safety. To help you prepare for
a safe trip, be sure to consult the Travel Report for Mexico on the
Consular Services website at, or call 1-800-267-6788
(in Canada and the United States) or 613-944-6788.

October 1st is National Seniors Day. In the spring all Members of
Parliament voted in favour of Bill C-40, An Act to establish National
Seniors Day. This day coincides with the United Nations International
Day of Older Persons. Go to to get ideas to help you
and/or your community celebrate!

Ocober 4-10 is National Family Week, an opportunity to celebrate
families and reflect on their importance in our lives. This year’s
theme is Families Connecting through Stories, providing all of us with
the opportunity to celebrate the joys of reading and storytelling.
Rediscover the spirit of family. Visit for ideas,
activities and other resources.

The new Roughriders Loonie commemorating our favourite team’s
Centennial is in circulation. I have been passing them out to some of
my friends in Ottawa, to remind them of the best team in the country!
Go Riders Go!

From my family - my husband Matt, my daughters Ivana and Elaina and
our son-in-law Bryan and my staff in Saskatoon, Kenaston and Ottawa -
we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Warm regards,

Hon. Lynne Yelich, Privy Council
Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification)
Member of Parliament for Blackstrap

Andrea McDougall
Executive Assistant
Hon. Lynne Yelich, PC, MP
Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification)
Member of Parliament Blackstrap
Room 107 Confederation Building, House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6
Ph: 613-995-5654
Fax: 613-995-0126