An Open Letter to the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee
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
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 It should be repealed, which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
- Preston Manning, House of Common Debate, 13 June 1995.
Property and Civil Rights in the Province.
British North America Act, 1867, section 92 (13)
Ladies and Gentlemen of the CFAC,
As you meet in Ottawa this week you have a BIG job to do.
You are now Canadians’ representatives to a Government with a grossly
perverted sense of Justice.
We did not elect this Government to abuse our Rights and steal our Property.
We ask you to remind our elected representatives that we sent them to
Ottawa to stop the abuses of Jean Chrétien’s Liberal Government
of Allan Rock and Anne McClellan.
We sent them to Ottawa to protect our Property and our Right to own and
We ask you to put a stop to the historic negationism1
- the guileful historical revisionism - that Mr. Harper is actively perpetrating
We would remind you of the Promises that Mr. Harper and the Conservatives
made to responsible Canadian firearms owners over the past seventeen years.
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
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 It should be repealed ...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.2
- Stephen Harper, January 2002
Garry Breitkreuz’s promise as Conservative Firearms Critic, 08
There is only one way to fix this mess and that is to elect a Conservative
government. We promise to repeal Bill C-68 … . 2
We would remind you of the official Conservative Party of Canada Policy
Declaration as drafted by firearms owners and 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 … . 2
Please Note Well:
“respecting the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use
The licencing mandate of the Firearms Act destroys our historic
Right to own firearms.
A licence denies that the Right to own firearms ever existed in our culture.
The Criminal Code penalties against the mere possession of a
firearm assure that the Right will never be seen again.
Yet our elected Conservative Members of Parliament now proudly proclaim:
The Conservative Party has never claimed to want to repeal the Firearms
The Government of Canada supports the current licensing scheme …
We will not be changing the requirement for individuals to hold a license.5
Even the Government Leader in the House of Commons Peter Van Loan now
The licensing system was not part of the gun registry introduced by
the Liberal government in 1995. It is a long-standing system that has
been in place for many decades.6
The Conservatives introduce shamefully deficient Bills and promote them
as the answer to our prayers.
They lie to us to our face and print falsehoods in their written communication.
They pass an obscenely inadequate piece of legislation as ask us to celebrate.
They serve hors d'oeuvre in honour of a betrayal.
This is not willful ignorance; this is mendacious historical revisionism.
Preston Manning, Stephen Harper, Garry Breitkreuz; these men did not
promise simply the “end of the long-gun registry”; they promised
to repeal Bill C-68 – gun registration, licencing, orders-in-council,
seizure without arrest – the entire ball of wax.
As Greg Illerburn, former President of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation
and current Chair of the Responsible Firearms Owners of Saskatchewan said
Most people believe Bill C-19 will eliminate the need to have a licence.
But after Bill C-19 becomes law, the worst parts of the Firearms
Act and Criminal Code prohibitions against firearms and
firearms owners still remain intact in law.
Garry Breitkreuz reminds us:
Bill C-68 … gives the Government such sweeping power that they
could ban … all firearms in Canada and not even the Supreme Court
of Canada could overturn it. … Why would the Liberals give themselves
such awesome power if they didn’t intend to use it?7
Why do the Conservatives keep such power if they do not intend to use
Therefore we respectfully ask you to tell the people who called you to
Ottawa that we are neither fools nor subjects; we are informed CITIZENS.
Please tell Mr. Harper and the Conservatives that they do not have the
“democratic consent of the governed.”
Tell them to honour the British North America Act, 1867, section 92 (13);
to return “Property and Civil Rights” exclusively to “the
Tell Mr. Harper we will NOT accept a bone tossed to us under the table.
Tell Mr. Harper we have RIGHTS and that we will continue to defend them.
We will only accept FREEDOM – our Right to property and armed self-defence.
We will NOT ask the Government for permission to defend ourselves, our
families, and our homes.
Canada did not need Bill C-68 in 1995, and Canada does not need any part
of Bill C-68 now.
Please tell Mr. Harper that we will gladly accept either a 1977-style
FAC, a Firearms Prohibition Registry as we have proposed,8
or a USA-style Instant Background Check as Dr. Mauser has suggested.9
If you would do us this honour we would be most grateful.
Edward B. Hudson, DVM, MS
Friday 23 March 2012
1. Negationism Defined
2. The Conservatives’ Promises to Firearms Owners
3. Shelly Glover, MP, CPC, letter dated 15 August 2011
4. The Hon. Rob Nicholson. Minister of Justice, CPC, letter dated 07
5. Candice Hoeppner, M.P., CPC, letter dated 12 December 2011
6. Peter Van Loan, P.C., M.P., Leader of the Government in the House
letter dated 17 February 2012
7. Garry Breitlreuz, Orders-in-Council, Letter dated 21 September 2000
8. Firearms Prohibition Registry
9. Mauser: Boiling Frogs – and Gun Owners
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
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402 Skeena Court Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 4H2
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