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This just in from Canada

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by ljutic73, Nov 2, 2012.

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  1. ljutic73

    ljutic73 Well-Known Member

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    OTTAWA - Federal Conservatives were cheering the destruction of hundreds of thousands of gun registry records Thursday night, the culmination of what has been a core campaign promise by the Tories for a decade.

    The records were destroyed on Halloween, an extra treat for thousands of long-gun owners across the country who had long complained the registry made them feel like criminals.

    The records, though, still exist for long-gun owners in Quebec, where there is a court order in place to protect them.

    "Our Conservative Government is proud to say that as of (Oct. 31), all contents of the long-gun registry have been destroyed, except those related to Quebec," said Andrew McGrath, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. "We are making our streets and communities safer by targeting criminals who use firearms, not law-abiding Canadians.

    "Make no mistake, the tax-and-spend NDP will not hesitate to bring back the long-gun registry. Now that these data have been deleted, they can never be recovered - even by Thomas Mulcair."

    Tony Bernardo, spokesman for the Canadian Shooting Sports Association, said he was "delighted that the data is gone.




    "It's always a danger that if the data is still there something or someone could use it, either as a state to seize it, or as a criminal to burglarize a home that has firearms," Bernardo said.

    He said it's very important for everyone to understand the importance of the right of law-abiding citizens to own a gun, even if they don't have one themselves.

    "For the state to force the registration of an essential piece of private property like a shotgun or a rifle, is an assault on the right to own private property in this country," Bernardo told QMI Agency. "The only time a state has ever registered firearms is to tax them or to take them. "Firearms represent symbols of freedom to many people - slaves have never been allowed to own guns."

    The now defeated Quebec government of Jean Charest wanted to keep the long-gun registry alive -- it was very popular in the province -- and took the federal government to court to save the data.

    The Quebec Superior Court recently upheld that province's injunction, saying the destruction of the data violated the Constitution and the spirit of federalism.

    The registry was started by the federal Liberal government in 1995. The computer and paper-based system ran billions of dollars over budget and it once even accepted the registration of a soldering gun.

    The registry was largely loathed in rural and Western Canada.

    The Reform Party, Canadian Alliance and the current Conservative party made it a central platform plank to get rid of it and passed a law to destroy it this past spring.
     
  2. crusha

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    Cool.


    And I'm not surprised at les Quebecois. They are truly the California of Canada.
     
  3. Lou22

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    About time. Good news!
     
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    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Won't deter the anti's or their useful tool Fudds here.
     
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    The problem in Quebec are the politicians , the average guy or woman could give a rat,s butt about the gun registry , Politicians in that province should butt out otherwwise the new Canadian Flag is 9 beavers urinating on a frog
     
  8. ljutic73

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    I run one of those up the flagpole for sure, Doug!
     
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