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LETTER: Kenney’s firewall can be a win for gun rights

Kenney’s speech in Red Deer was not just important for firewalling off federal intrusion in Alberta. It was a huge leap in the right direction for gun owners.

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Kenney’s speech in Red Deer was not just important for firewalling off federal intrusion in Alberta. It was a huge leap in the right direction for gun owners.

I am talking about the possibility of having our own provincial police, but especially being able to appoint our own provincial Chief Firearms Officer (CFO).

Currently, Alberta does not have a choice in who our CFO is. When Ralph Klein was premier, he did not want anything to do with the Firearms Program, and chose to opt-out. This was actually a mistake, but it looked good politically. Ottawa responded by using federal regulations in appointing a bureaucrat to administer federal law within provincial jurisdiction. Alberta had no alternative but to accept the person Ottawa appointed. We have no choice who he or she is to this day. We also have no influence over policies this appointment may want to impose.

Using section 58(1) of the Firearms Act, the provincial CFO can create regulations   (backed by law) based on policies they (the CFO) “consider desirable”. What would they “consider desirable”? That depends on what their (the CFO’s) opinion of civilian gun ownership is.

Most CFOs are senior RCMP officers, who do not like the idea of guns in the hands of civilians. What is considered “desirable” to this unaccountable bureaucrat, is an infringement of personal property rights to gun owners.

Gun ownership is now privilege in Canada, not a right, thanks to the Firearms Act. This is a great example of why Alberta should fire the RCMP and create our own provincial police force. We would be able to direct provincial police not to enforce bad federal laws. A provincial police force can apply only the laws Albertans believe in. 

Here is an example of CFO overreach. The CFO has a requirement for target shooters that have a restricted licence to buy a range membership to simply possess their own firearm. This is not law, but a CFO policy. Nowhere in the FA does it state that a range membership is a requirement to possess a restricted firearm. If you refuse this requirement, you will receive a letter threatening confiscation of your restricted firearms.

What makes this more difficult for gun owners is that there are fewer and fewer ranges in Alberta. Guess who controls the regulations concerning ranges? You guessed it, the CFO.

The CFO makes policies as he pleases.

What can Alberta do to have influence over what the CFO does? We can appoint, or better yet, elect our own CFO.

We will have to ‘opt in’ to the Firearms program. This will allow Alberta to choose our own CFO.

Under section 95(a) Alberta will be reimbursed for the administrative costs of running the program. It will not cost Alberta taxpayers anything to opt back into the Firearms program.

Legally, only the premier’s cabinet can appoint a CFO, however, Alberta licence holders can choose a pool of people who would be good candidates for the position. Having licence holders part of the selection process would make the position of CFO accountable. Any position in government capable of making regulations or law should be an elected and accountable position.

Alberta has to start building a firewall against federal intrusion, and these ideas would make very strong bricks.

Todd Brown
Executive Director
FIRE (Firearms Institute for Rational Education)

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LETTER: Western Standard shouldn’t back rogue rodeo

A reader takes issue with the Western Standard advertising an unauthorized rodeo.

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RE: Alberta Rancher to hold an ‘End the Lockdowns Rodeo’

On behalf of the live events industry, and the venues that host them, with a pre-pandemic workforce of over 50,000, we ask that you reconsider your support for the upcoming rodeo, with spectators, planned as a lockdown protest, on May 1 and 2 in Bowden, AB. I am not writing to disagree with your opinion on ending Alberta’s restrictions on movement and gathering, I am writing to disagree with your timing and your motivation. Civil disobedience and editorial fueling of the flames when our (collected) industry is 5-7 weeks from events that will employ 1000’s is grandstanding at best and destructive at worst.

Underlying my opinion is a clear motivation by the Western Standard to derive revenue from ticket and advertising sales (as evident from your website). Is this the action of a publication whose motivation is to re-open the live events industry towards re-employment of 1000’s or simply a motivation for your Publication?

Quoting Homer Simpson ““It takes two to lie; one to lie, and one to listen.” Please stop the lie of genuinely speaking for a harmed industry, as people are listening.

Sol Zia is Executive Director of the Calgary Hotel Association

EDITORS RESPONSE: The Western Standard does not receive any ticket revenue from the ‘No More Lockdowns Rodeo’, and we stand by our editorial decision to support the peaceful gathering of people who do not support lockdowns.

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LETTER: Giede bring’s BC fight to a new generation

Western Standard is the best Bang for the Buck in news information! Keep up the good work!!!

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REMountain Standard Time with Nathan Giede

Watched the inaugural broadcast of Nathan Giede’s Mountain Standard Time from BC today. Great work.

As an old guy, I am so thrilled to see people of your generation getting hold of this confederation issue that has been talked about (or not) by generations before you.   

The west, including BC, has been getting screwed over by Ottawa for so long and it’s time to present them with a solution that includes the West, or we split.  The status quo cannot carry on.

Western Standard is the best Bang for the Buck in news information! Keep up the good work!!!

Dennis Richter
Red Deer, AB

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LETTER: Between Trudeau and O’Toole, idiocracy is here

Maybe the media could point out to these politicians they are truly ass-clowns.

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RE: O’Toole wants carbon tax placed on Chinese imports

Maybe the media could point out to these politicians they are truly ass-clowns. Erin O’Toole flip-flops on the carbon tax and now talks about tariffs on China which A) is counter to overall general conservative free trade values. (not that I support China, I say we wean off China altogether) and B) China would obviously retaliate.


Worse though is Johnathan Wilkinson who says we can’t act alone etc. Really? Strange considering Liberal policy and now Conservative policy to have a go-it-alone carbon tax and other punitive anti-resource extraction policies that the US and others DON’T HAVE! Why? Because we have to be world leaders in climate policy even if we bleed to death. But it’ll all be worth while if maybe we get honorable mention and J.T. goes sailing with Greta.

Idiocracy is truly upon us.

Ken Landrock
Smithers, BC

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