“It’s very important for people to understand that this is a nuclear option,” Raquel Dancho, MP for Kildonan—St. Paul (MB), said of the Liberal Motion for Closure on Bill C-21 on Monday in the House of Commons.[i]
Bill C-21 and the latest round of Liberal amendments to it “impact 2.3 million gun owners, their families, their communities, hundreds of millions of dollars of our economy and tens of thousands of jobs, not to mention centuries of culture and heritage in Canada,” Dancho said.
“We could have stopped this right at the beginning,” Dancho said, “if not for the NDP working very closely with the Liberals on their true agenda, to take away firearms from hunters, sport shooters, farmers, and Indigenous Canadians.”
Dancho said the Liberal time allocation motion is “very long and talks about a lot of things but, in essence what it does, which is really important to remember, is it expands the scope of the bill.”
The Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) has worked very well, “especially since we’ve been acting in good faith and have gone through half the amendments in two meetings.”
No Reason for Closure
“No reason for this at all,” she said. “In fact, the NDP member on the committee has spoken more than almost anybody in the last two meetings. So, does it really make sense why they’re trying to forcibly limit debate?”
“If this passes, we will only have five minutes to ask any questions about each clause. Again, this impacts 2.3 million gun owners, their families, hundreds of millions of dollars of the economy, tens of thousands of jobs, centuries of culture and heritage in Canada.”
“I can’t stress that enough,” she reiterated.
“We’re in a public safety crisis in this country because of repeat violent offenders that the liberals keep letting out of jail,” Dancho said Monday.
That same day in Edmonton, Alberta, a violent, repeat offender with mental health issues brutally stabbed a mother and her 11-year-old daughter to death outside Crawford Plains School.
“This is a dangerous individual that took two lives in Edmonton. That shouldn’t happen,” said Edmonton police Chief Dale McFee.[ii]
“This is becoming far too common,” Chief McFee said. “There were multiple intervention points, multiple opportunities to hold the suspect accountable and provide him the professional support required to manage his behaviour.”
“But the system once again failed.”
“Let me be clear,” he said. “Everyone in Edmonton should be impacted by this. Everyone in this city should feel the unthinkable loss of a mother and child. I know everyone at EPS does.”
“This is Liberal Canada, Madam Speaker,” Raquel Dancho said, where “it’s [more] important to go after lawful gun owners” than to stop violent repeat offenders from murdering innocent Canadians.
“We are facing very serious issues,” Dancho said, “yet the Liberal budget 2023 failed to address those violent crime issues. In fact, they didn’t mention violent crime. It was not mentioned once.”
“You want to know what else wasn’t mentioned in that budget, Madam Speaker? Bail reform. Bail reform … has not been mentioned in the priorities of that budget from the Minister of Public Safety, despite the fact that all premiers of every province and territory in Canada have written two letters now to the Prime Minister demanding bail reform because what is happening in their provinces and territories.”
Will the brutal murder of a mother and her 11-year-old daughter outside an Edmonton school be the tragedy that finally forces Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take bail reform seriously?
Will this mother and child simply be two more added to the litany of deaths caused by this Liberal government refusal to act in the interests of Canadians?
Or is he and this Liberal government simply too blinded by their hatred of ordinary Canadians who own and use their firearms responsibly to feed their families and protect their livestock?
Liberals Launch Nuclear Option on Bill C-21
Despite Raquel Dancho’s valiant efforts to bring common sense to bear in the House of Commons, the Liberal government’s Motion for Closure passed 173 to 146, thanks to Jagmeet Singh.[iii]
The Liberals and their NDP lapdogs succeeded in shutting down debate of Bill C-21, a bill that cannot prevent a single drug dealer or gang member from obtaining an illegal gun because its focused entirely on law-abiding Canadians.
CSSA extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends and community of the mother and daughter slain in Edmonton on Monday.