C-71 Talking Point Tuesday

Pick One Point and Write a Letter to Minister Goodale

See the instructions on how to write a  a letter, then 


  • Pick one talking point. 
  • Write a letter to Ralph Goodale and ask him one question about that point. 
  • Address your letter to him in Ottawa. It’s free. 
  • Drop your letter in a mailbox.

When you drop your letters in the mailbox, take a picture and use the hashtag #TalkingPointTuesday to share it on Twitter and Facebook.


Do it again next week. Get your friends to do the same. Hold each other accountable to write one letter, every single week between now and the 2019 federal election.

Background Checks

  • Having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.    Who evaluates the information resulting from a background check?
  • What qualifications do they have to evaluate this information?
  • Whose opinion(s) will form the basis for an investigation and by what legislative authority?
  • What is the criteria the evaluations are based on?
  • Why is there no appeal process?
  • What is the start-up cost and annual operating cost for this system?
  • How did the existing background check system fail? In other words,  what is the evidence proving the existing 5-year background check fails  its public safety goal?

Licence Verification

  • Businesses are forced to keep a record associating an individual  person to an individual firearm. How is this not a gun registry?
  • Are all Licence Verifications entered into a database to track individual firearm owner activity?
  • Who keeps this Licence Verification activity data, for what purpose, and how long will it be retained?
  • Is Licence Verification data attached to an individual's licence? If so, who can access it?
  • What is the criteria for the Licence Verification to be approved or denied?
  • What is the start-up cost and annual operating cost for the License Verification system?

Authorizations to Transport

  • Why was “Transport to/from a Gunsmith eliminated?” Was there any public safety issue and, if so, what was it?
  • Why was “Transport to/from a gun store for Appraisal or Sale”  eliminated? Was there any public safety issue and, if so, what was it?
  • Why was “Transport to/from a Gun Show eliminated?” Was there any public safety issue and, if so, what was it?
  • Why was “Transport to/from a Border Point eliminated?” Was there any public safety issue and, if so, what was it?
  • What is the government’s estimate of the annual cost to perform these mundane functions individually?
  • Will the four previous ATTs be issued on paper? If not, how will an individual prove they have an ATT for the purpose stated?
  • Was there a cost/benefit analysis completed? If so, what conclusion did it make?

Section 12(9)

  • Can any type of firearm be added to Section 12(9)?
  • Who will make the decision to add firearms to Section 12(9) and under what legislative authority?
  • What criteria are used to include a firearm in Section 12(9)?
  • What new legislative authority grants the RCMP the power to prohibit or restrict firearms?
  • Will there be a communique sent to all firearms owners every time a  firearm is classified as Prohibited under 12(9)? Or will the RCMP  continue to secretly add firearms to the Firearms Reference Table (FRT)  without informing the owners of this classification change?
  • Why are firearm owners not informed of firearm classification changes under the current system?
  • Why are licensed firearms owners not permitted access to the FRT to  determine if legally-acquired firearms were re-classified as Prohibited  Firearms, inadvertently turning them into criminals?
  • Is there an appeal process to 12(9) and if not, why not?

Swiss Arms Classic series and CZ-858s will be made 12(9) Prohibited

  • Previously, the RCMP classified CZ-858s as Section 12(3) Prohibited.  Does their inclusion in Section 12(9) mean the RCMP made another  mistake in classification?
  • Will an information bulletin be 
  • issued to police describing the  difference between prohibited CZ-858s and other very similar firearms?
  • Is there an appeal process to 12(9) and if not, why not?


The powers of the Governing Council to declare a firearm to be Non-Restricted has been revoked

 

  • Why, after the RCMP’s repeated history of incorrect firearm  classification, has the power of our elected officials to correct  mistakes made by the un-elected and un-accountable RCMP been removed?
  • Does the government plan another method to correct RCMP mistakes? If so, what is that method?
  • What is the rationale for elected Members of Parliament to abdicate the powers delegated to it by the electorate to make laws?
  • What must the current or future government do to rectify an incorrect firearm classification?