DRAFT TALKING POINTS
By Garry Breitkreuz, MP - January 14, 2003
"The Saskatchewan Federation of Police Officers does not feel Bill C-68 focuses on the real problem. The real problem is criminals, not further restrictions on law abiding citizens. Saskatchewan's' municipal police officers see very little need for further gun restrictions. We are of the opinion that C-68 does little to prevent crime, or assist in the apprehension of criminals. When a Saskatchewan police officer thinks of a gun, he/she usually thinks of hunting - not homicide.
Saskatchewan police officers, like other Saskatchewan residents do not have faith in Bill C-68. We know it is not enforceable, and furthermore will have a great deal of trouble adhering to a law those we serve do not approve of.
Saskatchewan police officers are not interested in the creation of more paper trails which do little to protect our loved ones. We are not interested in arresting, or incarcerating, otherwise law abiding people for failing to comply with unnecessary paper trails.
We want governments at all levels to concentrate on lawmaking which reduces risk on our streets.
Laws that identify criminals for what they are and keeps them out of our communities.
Laws that identify repeat and habitual criminals and treat them accordingly.
Laws that have teeth in them.
Laws that police officers in this province can enforce effectively, with the true belief that they are having an impact on the criminal element we continually battle.
Bill C-68 has impact and focus. Its impact and focus is on the law abiding firearm owner. This is not where Saskatchewan police officers feel the impact and focus need to be. Impact and focus must be on the criminal. We trust you will deliver this message to Mr. Rock on our behalf."
Sincerely, Grant Obst - President.
NOTE #1: These quotes taken from a letter by Grant Obst, President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Police Officers to the Hon. Robert Mitchell, QC - Minister of Justice for Saskatchewan dated April 28th, 1995.
NOTE #2: Grant Obst is now President of the Canadian Police Association.
CPA CONDITION #1: "The Auditor General of Canada conduct a thorough review of the firearms registration system and release a public report on their findings to the people of Canada." GARRY'S COMMENT: The Auditor General has only reviewed the costs and not the effectiveness of the gun registry. Justice Dept. officials told the Auditor General that it will take 3 or 4 more years to fully implement the gun registry. CPA Condition Not Met!
CPA CONDITION #2: "The accuracy of the information that is collected in the firearms registration database be verified." GARRY'S COMMENT: The accuracy of the information has NOT been verified! In fact, more than 3.2 million registration certificates have been issued with blanks and unknown entries. More than 800,000 registration certificates have been issued without serial numbers. The RCMP were removed from the gun registration process after they reported it would take 8.8 years to properly verify and register all the firearms in Canada. The RCMP's 3,800 volunteer Verifier Network was abandoned. The Auditor General reported that 90% of the licence and registration applications had errors. The RCMP also reported serious errors in the 4 million entries in the Firearms Interest Police database and concluded: "a tragic incident could arise as a consequence of the poor data quality and that the RCMP faces serious legal risks." CPA Condition Not Met!
>CPA CONDITION #3: "The CPA receive confirmation that the registration system has the capacity to meet the legislative timeframes established for firearms registration." GARRY'S COMMENT: Obviously, the legislative deadline was missed. The Department of Justice own reports show that hundreds of thousands of gun owners still don't have firearms licences and millions of guns remain unregistered. CPA Condition Not Met!
CPA CONDITION #4: "The CPA receive confirmation that the cost recovery plan for registration can be achieved." GARRY'S COMMENT: As the Auditor General's report proved and as the government now admits, there is no hope that the gun registry will cover the billion dollars wasted so far or the next billion they'll spend before it's fully implemented. CPA Condition Not Met!
CPA CONDITION #5: "Meaningful consultations with the User Group take place to ensure that the concerns of stakeholders are addressed in the review process." GARRY'S COMMENT: In the year since the Minister of Justice was appointed, he has still not met with his own User Group on Firearms. The Chairman of the User Group admits that more than half of their recommendations have been ignored. CPA Condition Not Met!
CPA CONDITION #6: "The CPA receive confirmation that the implementation and operation of the system is not taking officers off the street."
GARRY'S COMMENT: Of course, the gun registry is taking police off the street. When the government employs 1,800 paper pushers those resources are diverted from front-line policing. Has the CPA Executive not been listing to Chief Fantino and Justice Ministers from 8 provinces and the three territories? CPA Condition Not Met!
NOT ONE OF THE SIX CONDITIONS HAS BEEN MET!
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