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MAKICHUK: Justin’s crusaders want every gun in Canada

Not just semi-automatic weapons, like the AR-15s, but everything. Rifles, shotguns, handguns … maybe even peashooters, who the hell knows.

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At first, I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing.

The Liberals, under Justin the Younger, along with anti-gun groups, appear to want to take away every single firearm in Canada.

Not just semi-automatic weapons, like the AR-15s, but everything. Rifles, shotguns, handguns … maybe even peashooters, who the hell knows.

According to Rod Giltaca, CEO and executive director Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights and an instructor in good standing with the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program, they want it all.

I had to take a big gulp of my morning coffee … everything, I said? Yes, they want it all, every single gun from sea to sea, he said.

“Every time there is a shooting, even in another country, they choose to vilify responsible gun owners,” said Giltaca.

“Automatic weapons have been banned since 1977,” he said, but that won’t stop Justin the Younger from his self-appointed and misguided anti-gun crusade.

The elephant in the proverbial room is the infamous Bill C-21 which the Liberals proposed earlier this year.

It was meant to introduce a voluntary buyback program for blacklisted firearms — including assault-style firearms — increase criminal penalties for gun smuggling and trafficking and allow municipalities to ban handguns. 

The bill was debated only twice in the House of Commons, but, according to Giltaca, it is dead in the water because of Justin the Younger’s COVID-19 election call.

He said it would have to be introduced again.

The bill drew criticism from both sides. Gun groups in Canada thought it was going too far — yet again. While anti-gun groups said it didn’t go far enough. 

According to a report by the CBC, Heidi Rathjen, a member of the gun-control group PolySeSouvient and survivor of the 1989 Polytechnique massacre, said the Liberals’ gun laws “sound good but hide incredibly weak, hollow, toothless measures.”

PolySeSouvient said a voluntary buyback program would leave too many banned weapons in private hands, threatening public safety and making it easier for subsequent governments to reverse the ban. 

The organization is also pushing for a national handgun ban — exactly what Giltaca pointed out. They want them all. And don’t try hiding your ammo, either, pal.

The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights also took issue with the bill, arguing it’s aimed at the wrong target and stating the group would oppose any measures that lead to the “confiscation of legal guns from RCMP-vetted gun owners.”

It’s madness, nothing short of madness.

I asked Giltaca what would come next should the Liberals demand responsible gun owners give up their weapons. He just laughed.

Our freedoms are being diminished with every passing day, he said, and this is just one more example.

If we enact nonsensical, reactive solutions we risk opening up a hellish Pandora’s Box. 

This doesn’t just involve guns. It involves our very right to life in a fading democracy.

I also asked Giltaca about a March Leger poll which suggested that two-thirds of Canadians favour stricter gun-control laws — and reportedly, more than half believe they should include a mandatory buyback program, the CBC reported.

“It often depends on how the poll question is worded,” said Giltaca, who added sometimes the call comes when you’re cooking dinner and the simplified on-the-spot answer for a complicated issue may not really be reflective of what Canadians really think.

So where do Canada’s political parties stand? We know what the Liberals want. 

The NDP isn’t taking a stand either way, said Giltaca, the Tories are against a further tightening of gun laws, the Bloc Québécois’ support universal registration of firearms and psychological testing for firearm owners, while Maxime Bernier of the People’s Party, strongly opposes a handgun ban.

The Conservatives, by the way, say they are committed to keeping guns out of the hands of criminals while respecting the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly. Maybe I’m crazy, but that sounds like the right way to go.

The reality is that the root of the problem involving the rash of shootings in Canadian cities has nothing to do with responsible Canadian gun owners.

Government stats show more than half of gun homicides in Canada are linked to gangs — most of it in Toronto. Police say about half of the guns used to commit those crimes are smuggled from south of the border through an illegal pipeline.

And then there is our wonderful prison system where many of these guys end up.

Seven out of 10 people in jails in Canada today are in remand. Innocent until proven guilty. The justice system is overloaded.

Why? Well, for starters, much of the crime committed in our neighbourhoods involves people with alcohol or drug issues or who are mentally ill. 

So what are our prisons doing about it? How about nothing or next to nothing.

I’m not talking about the real baddies who are in Drumheller pen and other federal institutions.

I’m talking about people who enter jails again and again. Said one prison official: “If something doesn’t work (in the prison system), they do more of it.”

This leads to recidivism. This leads to TV news stories of dead bodies found in cars and alleyways in violent drug hits.

How do we fix that? 

Instead of targeting law-abiding firearms owners maybe the government should renew its focus on these societal issues, bolster border security and continue to combat the deadly effects of guns and gangs in communities across Canada with effective actions.

That would be a good place to start.

Dave Makichuk is a veteran journalist who has worked with both the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald.

Dave Makichuck is a Columnist for the Western Standard. He is a 35-year veteran journalist who has served at both the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald.

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  1. Sanford Thompson

    August 29, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Democid – when government starts killing unarmed citizens – seems to follow every time law abiding citizens surrender their guns.
    Trust history or these power hungry saints.
    Anyone selling a reloading bench?

  2. Steven

    August 27, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Justin Trudeau & Bill Blair are head strong when it comes to confiscating legally owned guns. However, tone deaf to the criminals & gangs who run the country laughing at the weak criminal laws of their use of illegal guns in Canada. No need to comment more on that eh?

    Their gun grab is more of a socialist agenda, in my opinion, to weaken Canadians resolve to oppose a socialist government. Good example, although a fascist government of 1936 Germany, quickly confiscate guns from law abiding gun owners, when they came to power. History repeats itself. Governments especially socialist governments will always be afraid of the free & impose their will on the masses. Looking back hasn’t Trudeau & his socialist crew been doing exactly this since coming to power? Censorship as an example.

    Freedom is very easy to lose & hard as hell to get back.

  3. Left Coast

    August 26, 2021 at 10:04 am

    When a substantial % of the country today is people who were not even born here . . . add in millions of under 35s who have been indoctrinated by far-left Schools & Universities.
    They are just stupid enough to fall for the same lies told by the Propagandists of the Left in the 1930s.

    This could never have happened in our Grandfathers Generation who fought in two World Wars and knew first hand what a Totalitarian Despot looked like.

  4. Clash

    August 26, 2021 at 8:35 am

    There are 2 million registered gun owners in Canada. Let’s hope none of them, and their families, vote for Trudeau. Maybe we can “Great Reset” Justin back into being an Snow Board instructor.

  5. GonadTheRuffian

    August 25, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    ATTENTION: Message to Mr. Kenney or whichever one of his minions watches this site: GET THE RCMP OUT OF ALBERTA NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Left Coast

    August 25, 2021 at 10:58 am

    It is no Accident that 9 of the top 10 murder Cities in the USA are run by Demokkkrats!

    Heather Mac Donald on the Black Lives Matter Paradox and the ‘Poison’ of Identity Politics

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/heather-mac-donald-on-the-black-lives-matter-paradox-and-the-poison-of-identity-politics_3892023.html

    Heather MacDonald has made a career out of studying crime . . . brilliant!

  7. Left Coast

    August 25, 2021 at 10:55 am

    2/3 of Canadians are stupid and vote for Marxists!

    “Heidi Rathjen, a member of the gun-control group PolySeSouvient and survivor of the 1989 Polytechnique massacre” ? ? ?

    The FACT that the shooter at Polytech was raised by a Woman Hating moooslim Father had of course NOTHING to do with the event.

    The RCMP of course prefer to hastle the passive honest Citizens . . . way less dangerous than actually going after the CRIMINALS the exist today in every Canadian major city. Most of them Imported by our Failed Immigration System I might add.

    Want to know the truth about Guns?

    Why Gun Control Doesn’t Reduce Crime—John Lott Breaks Down the Data
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/video-why-gun-control-doesnt-reduce-crime-john-lott-breaks-down-the-data_3780440.html

  8. K

    August 25, 2021 at 10:25 am

    The rapid decent into authoritarian evil continues.

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MORGAN: Big labour wants big government in Calgary’s civic election

“Calgary’s Future used to be called “Calgarians for a Progressive Future” and the Canadian Union for Public Employees pumped nearly $1.4 million into the group in 2019 alone.”

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Alberta’s civic election fundraising laws used to be pretty ‘wild west’. There were no contribution limits for candidates. Disclosure requirements on contributors were loose and candidates could spend contributions on whatever they pleased.

Just think about how ridiculous that was. A person, company, or union could give tens of thousands of dollars to a candidate and we were supposed to pretend that it wouldn’t impact how they govern. There was no formal campaign period, so fundraising could happen during the entire term of the councillor. The official didn’t have to actually spend the funds on their campaign. They could and did build surpluses in their campaign accounts. It was a perfect system for (soft) bribery and money laundering, and let’s not pretend that it never happened.

Campaign accounts could be used as retirement funds for city councillors. Upon leaving office, whatever surplus funds were in the campaign account could go to the councillor as a tax-free gift.

Ward 11 councilor Barry Erskine was so flagrant in his abuse of the system, he can at least be credited for helping spur the reform of it. In 2004, Erskine claimed $67,000 in election expenses while he was acclaimed. How do you spend so much on a campaign against nobody? In 2007, Erskine pretended an intent to run right up until a couple of days before the deadline. He then dropped out of the race, pocketed whatever campaign funds were in his account, and rode off into the sunset. While the act was grossly unprincipled, it was entirely legal.

Multiple campaign finance reform bills have been passed since the unregulated days of 2007. Unions and corporations can no longer donate to candidates and the maximum that anybody can donate to a campaign is $5,000 per year.

Campaign finance reforms have not stopped the influence of well-heeled groups, however. Rather than donating directly to candidates as they used to, organizations have formed a myriad of Third-Party Advertiser (TPA) groups and have been funneling a lot of money into them. Most of these groups have modest funding. A TPA called “Calgary’s Future” is an exception and is sitting on a $1.7 million campaign war chest.

While contributions to TPAs are capped at $30,000 now, there was no limit on contributions to them prior to 2021. Calgary’s Future used to be called “Calgarians for a Progressive Future” and the Canadian Union for Public Employees pumped nearly $1.4 million into the group in 2019 alone.

Calgary’s Future may have dropped the term “progressive” from their name, but their leftward slant isn’t hard to see on their website. Every candidate that they have endorsed is running on a progressive platform. The group gives an impression of transparency but no organizers or principles behind the organization are disclosed beyond first names. It is hardly a secret that they are a creation of government unions.

We can try to cork the bottle when it comes to campaign funding, but big money will always find another way to influence candidates. Having nearly $2 million in union dues directed towards promoting a specific set of candidates is surely going to impact the election. There is no TPA with a budget even close to Calgary’s Future. No other TPA has the paycheques of thousands of union members to tap for funding either.

If any of the candidates being backed by Calgary’s Future do get elected, they will have more than a little bias in favour of labour unions when contract negotiations with civil service unions are done. We are in a period of fiscal crisis and need councilors who will stand up to organized labour as opposed to being beholden to it.

We clearly needed to fix our unregulated campaign funding system; but have we now created a monster worse than what we had to begin with? Things are less transparent than ever and the dollars are bigger. Interest groups with multi-million dollar budgets will be supporting campaigns while the average voter doesn’t even realize it. It is more difficult to tie a candidate to who their backers may actually be. The money is still there, but now it is indirect.

It is too late to change the campaign funding system for 2021, but we should work to expose it. Organized labour is funding a large campaign for a small number of candidates. Calgary needs councilors who are working for the interest of the city as a whole rather than the labour unions for city employees. If Calgarians want the city to return to fiscal responsibility, they need to look at the list of candidates being endorsed by Calgary’s Future and choose not to vote for them.

Cory Morgan is the Alberta Political Columnist for the Western Standard and Host of the Cory Morgan Show

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Allison: Official bilingualism creates a regional power imbalance

Westerners must join the elite minority of bilinguals by learning a second language or be left behind when it comes to rising the ranks of Canada’s federal institutions.

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Bilinguals make up only 18% of our population, yet they dominate our federal institutions.

The reason for this is no secret. Canada’s official bilingualism, legally enshrined in the Official Languages Act (1969), gives a distinct advantage to one class of Canadians; bilinguals, over all others. The Act requires that federal institutions provide services in both French and English. The result is that 40% of federal public service jobs are “designated bilingual.” This means that some 300,000 jobs which make up our federal bureaucracies are available only to 18% of Canadians and closed to the other 82%

What does this mean for regional representation in our federal institutions? It means overrepresentation from Quebec and underrepresentation from the West. About 45% of Quebecers are bilingual whereas only 7% of those in the prairie provinces are bilingual. Thus, the pool of qualified candidates for federal public service jobs is going to be overwhelmingly filled with Quebecers while having scarcely any Westerners. As spokesman for Canadians for Language Fairness, Gordon Miller, writes: “The Official Languages Act has allowed this group [the “Laurentian elite”] to dominate the federal government bureaucracy and further entrench the dominance of the Eastern provinces in federal affairs.”

The Laurentian elite does dominate the federal public service. A total of 67% of the federal public service is made up of Quebecers and Ontarians and only 11% are from the prairie provinces. Of course, official bilingualism is not the only cause that has explanatory power in the case of this discrepancy. The federal capital being located on the border between the two most populous provinces also plays a significant role in determining the regional makeup of the federal public service (a separate and distinct advantage that the Laurentians have over Westerners in controlling federal institutions). In fact, 42% of federal public service employees live in the National Capital Region in Ottawa-Gatineau.

But, when it comes to those who rise the ranks in Canada’s federal bureaucracy, official bilingualism provides an explanation for its overwhelmingly Quebecer makeup. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Richard Wagner, the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal Marc Noël, the Governor of the Bank of Canada Tiff Macklem, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson for the National Film Board of Canada Claude Joli-Coeur, the Director and CEO of the Canada Council of the Arts Simon Brault, the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Stéphane Perrault, and the Director of CSIS David Vigneault are all Quebecers. The board of directors for the CBC, is also made up of 33% Quebecers with only one member hailing from the prairie provinces — Jennifer Moore Rattray from Manitoba. As Washington Post columnist, J.J. McCullough, suggests: “It is really hard to argue that by some massive coincidence the most qualified people for all of these jobs just happen to be Quebecers.”

Indeed, it is no coincidence. Since all federal institutions must provide services in both French and English, it is likely to have a bilingual in charge of these federal bureaucracies in order to ensure that these institutions run smoothly. As a result, Quebecers with their disproportionate number of bilinguals, have come to dominate the highest ranks of these bureaucracies.

Official bilingualism lays the groundwork for these regional disparities in Canada’s federal bureaucracies. Quebecers are overwhelmingly more likely to be bilingual than Westerners. As such, Westerners must join the elite minority of bilinguals by learning a second language or be left behind when it comes to rising the ranks of Canada’s federal institutions.

Andrew Allison is a PhD philosophy student at the University of Calgary
andrew.allison@ucalgary.ca

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SLOBODIAN: Doug Ford’s daughter could teach her father a thing or two about freedom

Daughter champions freedoms, daddy seizes them. Some who despise Premier Dad’s authoritarian decrees say the wrong family member heads Ontario.

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Krista Ford Haynes, daughter of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, is going to make for some interesting Thanksgiving Dinner family conversation.

On Tuesday, Krista issued another dire warning against governments forcing vaccine passports, urging people to “collectively wake up” and not be obedient and unquestioning.

The following day, her father, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, launched COVID-19 vaccine passports, forcing people to choose between taking the jab, or losing many of their most basic freedoms. He claimed the passports are temporary.

Sure, they are. And 14 days would flatten the curve. No government relinquishes control it grabs. When COVID eventually passes, the newly established government powers will be turned elsewhere.

Daughter champions freedoms, daddy seizes them. Some who despise Premier Dad’s authoritarian decrees say the wrong family member heads Ontario.

Ford family get-togethers can’t be fun. Hopefully, they’re amicable. That’s not always the case.

Polarizing COVID-19 views about forced-masking, lockdowns, vaccines, and mandatory vaccine passports are dividing and destroying families and friendships.

Screaming matches and brawls over masks and social distancing aren’t confined to the aisles of Walmart among strangers.

Loved ones nearly, or maybe do, come to blows at dinner tables before the soup gets cold. That only happens when the government permits them to visit in between intermittent lockdowns.

Everyone’s ready to fall on their swords, convinced that their side — whichever it is — is solely righteous and right.

Haynes, 30, is an anti-vax crusader. Insults are hurled at her. The indignant demand she is reported. She’s been called “ignorant.” She makes people’s “blood boil.”

The feisty Haynes won’t back down from views some declare extreme.

Haynes, with thousands of followers, delivered her latest message in a video posted to Instagram after the federal election.

“Good morning, everyone. Happy Tuesday. As we could have all expected, the Liberal government won last night with a minority government,” said Haynes.

The Liberals will carry on “stripping our freedoms away one day at a time,” she said.

Haynes has long warned that forced masking was a steppingstone to vaccine passports. She was mocked. Few are laughing now.

The passports are here. Alberta succumbed, despite Premier Jason Kenney’s solemn vow to gallantly fight the feds if they forced them. Then he did a 180 and imposed them with a vengeance.

Now Haynes warns vaccine passports are a steppingstone to more controls and lost freedoms.

“When I posted in May or June of last year about the upcoming mask mandates and not to comply, this is why I wanted people, urged people, not to comply,” she said.

“We found out right away that masks weren’t very effective at all based on how people were wearing and revising them, and it actually could have made things a lot worse for some people and are making things a lot worse for certain age groups today.”

“That was one, but we complied, we complied. We could have put our foot down collectively, and we didn’t.”

So, the worst of it has arrived?

“You think it’s just going to be movie theatres, restaurants, gyms. That’s the first step. The first step. They’re going to take it all. They’re going to take it all and we’ve allowed it.”

Australians wore their masks and obeyed ‘temporary’ lockdown orders. The former penal colony turned into one of the freest countries, has become an effective police state. Citizens face the most extreme lockdowns globally. Wednesday, police fired rubber bullets into a crowd of 400 unarmed and peaceful protestors against severe lockdowns and vaccine passports.

Chaos erupts around the world. People fear pandemic “mandates” have morphed into a sinister grab for complete control over their lives to advance ever-greater government control.

Many are losing their jobs for no good reason.

Citizens are enraged their children suffer abuse, being forced to wear masks with little proof they effectively prevent transmission of COVID.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended emergency use authorization of Pfizer’s booster (third) shot six months after full immunization for the elderly and high-risk. It rejected an application to approve booster shots for all Americans 16 and older. They’ll circle back to that.

Haynes urged people to ask questions, discuss, research. She, like others who advocate this, are ridiculed, attacked, discredited, even fired.

Their critics just want everyone to comply with the latest orders and shut up.

Fear, anger and distrust over this curse called COVID-19 prevail. There’s little common ground.

Doctors who question the official doctrine are dismissed, shamed, and now, being fired in some cases.

Asking questions is a good thing. Blindly complying isn’t.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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