The Liberal leadership convention is over with surprising results, with Stephane Dion ensconced as the new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
The voting on the policy resolutions did not surprise me when it came to their resolutions on firearms.
Resolution #42 (which I originally missed when I posted earlier) was passed. This was a resolution to ban all semi-automatic firearms.
WHEREAS automatic and semi-automatic weapons are illegal for hunting purposes; and
WHEREAS automatic and semi-automatic weapons do not support the hunting culture found in all parts of Canada;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the Government of Canada to support legislation to eliminate the personal use of automatic and semi-automatic weapons.
National Women’s Liberal Commission
Liberal Party of Nova Scotia
This passed even though it was inaccurate due either through ignorance or malicious intent, as semi-auto firearms are regularly used in hunting, sport shooting or predator control in the agricultural community.
So the Federal Liberals now have it on record that they want to ban all semi-auto firearms. Not just handguns anymore, but semi-auto shotguns, rifles (even your .22s) in addition to handguns.
Resolution # 47 was passed in workshop and says:
WHEREAS the cancellation of the gun registry is part of the Conservative Party’s program;
WHEREAS the cancellation of the gun registry is part of the Conservative Party’s program; and
WHEREAS the Conservative government has started to slash into the registry by ending requirements to register long guns; and
WHEREAS police forces have continually supported the gun registry and spoken out against efforts by the Conservative government to weaken or end it; and
WHEREAS the continued support of police forces for a total gun registry is a strong indication of the capacity of the current system to reduce the harm caused by guns; and
WHEREAS certain dangerous weapons are not found on the current list of illegal weapons; and
WHEREAS it is necessary to continue to effectively control the possession and use of guns;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada take the necessary steps:
1. to counter the efforts by the Conservative government to end or reduce the scope of the current gun registry that was enacted by parliament several years ago;
2. to review the classification of guns so that semi-automatic weapons be classified as an illegal weapons; and
3. to enact more severe laws to better control the possession and use of guns.
Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec)
They have made their point that Bill C-68 was only the first step along their path to make firearms ownership so restrictive as to effect a total ban somewhere down the road.
At least for law-abiding citizens.