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Bill C-71 fails to achieve its objectives and should not have been passed

Independent Senators ram deficient legislation through Third Reading vote NEWS RELEASE May 28, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – Despite hearing strong concerns from law-abiding gun owners across the country, Trudeau-appointed senators today chose to ignore the evidence and pass Bill C-71 without amendment.“This legislation accomplishes nothing of what the government has said it will,” said Conservative Senator Don Plett. “It will not increase public safety, it will not reduce gun violence, and it will not…
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Senator Plett: Bill C-71 utterly and tragically fails to do increase public safety and needs to be defeated

Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Colleagues, this bill was introduced in the other place just over a year ago on March 20. It came to this chamber last fall and has been the subject of much debate and discussion. At second reading it was debated over 12 sittings by 18 senators who spoke to it and by many others who asked questions. At committee we sat for more than 30 hours and heard from 81 witnesses, including two cabinet ministers. The report stage covered four more sittings, with four se…
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Senator Don Plett - Extending background checks for firearms licences will negatively impact public safety

Hon. Donald Neil Plett:  Let me take a few minutes to speak to this. I know there is probably little point. There are probably those who are sitting there thinking that if there is a little point, sit down. I won’t do that. I will speak for a few minutes and hopefully some people will take note and maybe consider the relevance of this good amendment that Senator Tkachuk brought forward. Senator Pratte talked about a poll. I talked about that poll earlier this week. It’s strange how t…
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Senator Don Plett: Parliament must retain oversight of the classification of firearms

"If you sift down through the frustration and exasperation, you find that the problems primarily come down to this: The current system of firearms classification is a blunt instrument, which often results in arbitrary decisions." - Senator Don Plett Hon. Donald Neil Plett:  Honourable senators, I will speak very briefly to this amendment and I would like to thank Senator Dagenais for bringing it forward. It is a good amendment, for all the reasons that Senator Dagenais mentioned and I…
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Senator Don Plett defends firearms owners and debunks changes to Automatic Authorizations to Transport

Hon. Donald Neil Plett:  I would like to add my voice to the debate and thank Senator Richards for this amendment. It’s a great amendment, and it’s probably no surprise to anyone here that I support it. Changing the authorizations to transport is probably the most ludicrous part of this legislation, because it is completely unnecessary. If you bear with me, I would like to briefly explain why it is unnecessary. Senator Richards already touched on some of these areas, but I would like…
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Senator Plett argues in the Senate for public reporting of firearms reclassifications

Hon. Donald Neil Plett:  Honourable senators, I have a few comments to make. I’ll start with addressing what Senator Pratte just said. Senator Pratte is indeed correct that some consideration is being given to making a firearms reference table. Although this is a good step, it is not enough for a number of reasons. First, this disclosure should be mandatory and not voluntary. This amendment would make such disclosure a statutory requirement, not just an aspirational goal. Second, t…
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The Senate should accept its committee's amendments to Bill C-71

Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Colleagues, I rise today to speak to the report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence on Bill C-71. Let me start by commending the chair of the committee, Senator Boniface, for her excellent work chairing the meetings; along with the hard work and long hours put in by the clerk of the committee; the Library of Parliament analysts; the government sponsor of the bill, Senator Pratte; and all senators who participated in the committee h…
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Speech: Bill C-262 (UNDRIP) needs careful examination and should not be rushed

Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Colleagues, I know it’s late, but I do want to say a few words on Bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Let me begin by commending MP Romeo Saganash for his work in bringing this bill forward and Senator Sinclair’s efforts to advocate for it in this chamber. This private member’s bill has noble objectives, and while I have concerns about the legislation, I re…
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