Liberal Hypocrisy on firearms legislation

In June 2017, Liberal Members of the Public Safety Committee voted through the new firearms legislation, Bill C-71, that targets law-abiding firearm owners and ignore criminals. Liberal MPs called for the government to act on issues that they refused to address in their own bill! Shows that Liberals themselves don’t believe C-71 will do anything to protect our streets and address gang and gun violence. Canadians deserve better.

June 8, 2018

News Release
Liberals pass the buck on Public Safety, ratify ineffective gun bill, followed by call for reforms

MEDICINE HAT, AB: Using its majority government, the Trudeau Liberals pushed through Bill C-71, the regulatory bill that places new rules and restrictions on law-abiding gun owners and does nothing to tackle actual crime – such as gang violence, during House of Commons votes June 7. Moments after ratifying the legislation, Liberal MPs were calling on the committee to study issues raised by witnesses, just minutes after stifling Conservative amendments that would have improved C-71.

“Liberal MPs called the Minister to address the real issues facing illegal weapons getting into the hands of criminals –administrative and process issues resulting in criminals getting firearms licenses, improving regulations on firearm storage by retailers and firearms owners, and making it mandatory for doctors to report any mental health issues to government,” stated Glen Motz, MP for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner. “They also called for more statistics and research into gun violence and criminal acquisition of firearms, plus steps to end advertising that ‘glorifies violence and promotes war’.”

MP Motz, the Conservative Deputy Shadow Minister for Public Safety added, “This is the height of negligence by the Liberal MPs who were too afraid to speak up on C-71 after the Prime Minister has already punished MPs who spoke out. After refusing to hear from witnesses, demonstrating their own ignorance on firearms throughout the meetings, and refusing to amend the Bill before them, Liberal Members are seeking to cover their backsides for passing a useless, ineffective Bill. This just proves that even the Liberals don’t believe C-71 will do anything to stop criminals and just puts more problems on law-abiding hunters and farmers.”

The calls for study reflect a number of witnesses that pointed out the many issues with C-71. After legal experts, professors, and industry noted that the statistical evidence presented by Minister Goodale was deceptive and wrong; Liberals are calling for more research. After evidence showed that criminals who used registered weapons should not have ever received a firearms license, the Liberals are calling on process reforms. And after mental health issues were raised, Liberals are putting doctors in a difficult position – mandatory reporting mental health disclosures would likely stop Canadians from discussing issues with their doctors. Rather than promote mental health, it would push people away from getting treatment.

“This was a bad Bill from day one,” said MP Motz. “Just like with the small business tax grab, the Liberals are demonizing hardworking Canadians who follow the law and ignore the real problems. This is politics over public safety, and the Liberals should be ashamed of this Bill.”

For further information contact:
Colleen Valin, Office of Glen Motz, MP