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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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Quatorze choses à savoir sur les CRIMES VIOLENTS et les ARMES À FEU au CANADA

[English] [Français] Sénateur Don Plett Le débat sur la réglementation des armes à feu au Canada est plus souvent nourri par les émotions que par les faits. Une bonne politique publique devrait être fondée sur des données probantes. Voici donc quelques faits à prendre en considération. 1. Les crimes violents sont à la baisse au Canada. Le nombre de personnes accusées d’infractions avec violence au Code criminel a diminué d’environ 25 % au cours des 20 dernières années – il est passé de près…
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Senator Plett speaks out against the Liberal's gun control bill

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO Bill C-71: An Act to Amend Certain Acts and Regulations in Relation to Firearms   Second Reading Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Colleagues, I would like to speak to second reading of Bill C-71, An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms. I think we are all well aware that this debate over gun control is a long-standing one. It has gone on for decades. It is very polarized and highly politicized. Advocates and stakeholders on both sides of…
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Statement on the Commemoration of Holodomor

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (“Holodomor”) Memorial Day Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Colleagues, last Friday, I was privileged to take part in an event commemorating the 85th Holodomor genocide. Hosted by Sisler High School in Winnipeg , this annual commemoration event began in 2009 under the leadership of teacher Orysya Petryshyn, and it has been held every year since. As you know, Holodomor was a horrific tragedy, a genocide of the Ukrainian people by starvati…
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Speech on Bill S-251: Eliminating mandatory minimum sentences is a bad idea

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO Mandatory Minimum Sentences (Bill S-251) Bill to Amend the Criminal Code—Second Reading Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Bill S-251, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (independence of the judiciary) and to make related amendments. According to Senator Pate: "This bill provides judges with the discretion to impose a fair and just sentence in every case, notwithstanding the presence of a mandatory minimum penalty." I…
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