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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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Senators introduce needed amendments to the Trudeau Government’s Bill C-71

NEWS RELEASE April 8, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) -  Senators today introduced and supported several key amendments to the Trudeau Government’s Bill C-71, a Bill which targets lawful and licensed firearms owners. The Government has asserted that this Bill has a primary public safety focus. Yet, much of this legislation largely imposes new bureaucratic burdens on already licensed and heavily regulated firearms owners and businesses. This approach will not make Canadians safer. Conservatives believe that…
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UPDATED*** PM Trudeau's Government Leader in the Senate moves to shut down the democratic process

****************** UPDATE:  Senator Harder withdrew his Programming Motion on Thursday, April 4, 2019. ******************  Senator Harder, the Government Leader in the Senate, moved an unprecedented and un-negotiated Programming Motion on Tuesday. If passed, this motion effectively closes debate on all 11 government bills in the Senate. This is a historic, rule-breaking motion that would stop Canadians from being able to share their concerns with Senators on key issues facing the country.  …
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Bill C-71 is an utter and tragic failure

By Don Plett, Manitoba Senator When it comes to the Bill C-71 (An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms), it’s difficult to know whether the Trudeau government is insincere or merely incompetent. While claiming that the Bill "prioritizes public safety and effective police work," the legislation does neither. In his Second Reading speech to the House of Commons, Minister Goodale began by painting a grim picture: "Crime rates generally in Canada have been on the decli…
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Are firearms holders more likely to commit homicide using a firearm than the average population?

By Dr. Caillin Langmann - September 26, 2018 Reprinted from: https://www.facebook.com/caillin.langmann/posts/10156537056191006  Licenced Firearms Holders are more likely to commit homicide using a firearm than the average population. Hmm? In 2012 Dr. Gary Mauser looked at the rate of firearms homicide by licensed individuals from 1997 to 2010 and found it to be 0.60 per 100,000 compared to a average national homicide rate of 1.85 per 100,000. From that he suggested that licensed individuals w…
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14 Things You Should Know About VIOLENT CRIME and FIREARMS in CANADA

[English] [Français] By Senator Don Plett  The debate over the regulation of firearms in Canada is often influenced more by emotion than by facts. Since good public policy should be based on solid evidence, following are a few facts for consideration: 1. Violent crime is decreasing in Canada. The number of people charged in violent criminal code violations has decreased by about 25% over the last 20 years – from almost 700 per 100,000 persons to just over 500. https://www150.statcan.gc.…
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OPINION: Bernier’s “People’s Party of Canada” reveals a disturbing pattern

(Published in The Carillon, January 3, 2019) Dear Editor,As I read your December 8, 2018 article, "People’s Party takes root in Provencher", I couldn’t help but notice a disturbing pattern.In 2008, Maxime Bernier lost his position in Stephen Harper’s cabinet after leaving classified documents at his girlfriend’s place. She was known to have strong connections to a criminal biker gang.More recently, he lost the leadership race of the Conservative Party of Canada to Andrew Scheer. Despite Scheer’…
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