C-19 Passes 159 to 130

Candace Hoeppner and Garry Breitkreuz finally tasted victory in the Canadian House of Commons when the bill to eliminate the useless and expensive unrestricted firearms registry passed. I tasted victory, too, along with millions of firearms owners and ordinary Canadians who value firearms as a normal part of our way of live. I was moved to tears by the end stage of this battle which has lasted 17 years, cost $billions and accomplished nothing but wasting resources.

The very assumptions of the registry, that one could efficiently identify each and every firearm in Canada were flawed from the beginning. Over many years, very few convictions of real criminals were accomplished using the registry since it was so unreliable as to be unusable as evidence. Many ordinary Canadians were traumatized by excessive zeal by bureaucrats and police and a wedge was driven between police and the society they swore to serve and to protect.

There was one point of levity during the vote. Two members of the opposition rose to vote in favour and were loudly cheered by the Government side, Bruce Hyer and John Rafferty of the NDP. The leader of the opposition has threatened to punish them for doing what their constituents asked. Tommy Douglas would be turning over in his grave if he knew…

The bill now goes to the Senate for approval and will come into force at a date to be set by the Governor General upon giving royal assent.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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