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ANOTHER VICTORY FOR CANADIAN GUN OWNERS

YORKTON – Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament for Yorkton-Melville, Saskatchewan, is pleased with the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling today that supports the Government of Canada’s right to destroy the federal long-gun registry’s Quebec data.

“Today’s decision is a victory not only for the federal Conservative government, but for all law-abiding gun owners in Quebec. Our government recognized long ago that the $2 billion registry was nothing more than a political pacifier created by a previous government to give the impression that it was doing something to make Canadians safer.  Nothing could have been further from the truth,” said Breitkreuz.

While dissenting opinions were voiced by all three Quebec Supreme Court of Canada judges, the majority wrote:  “In our view, the decision to dismantle the long-gun registry and destroy the data that it contains is a policy choice that Parliament was constitutionally entitled to make.”

Mr. Breitkreuz has fought for the rights of law-abiding Canadians who enjoy the use of firearms since he was first elected to Parliament. He sought to scrap the long-gun registry when it was first introduced in 1995 by then Justice Minister Allan Rock under a previous Liberal government.  In 2012, he was proud to support and pass the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act in Parliament.

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Royal Canadian Mint invites Canadians to design circulation coins for 2017

ICanadians handle coins less often than they once did, thanks to the convenience of debit cards. But you’ll likely want to own some of the special coins that will soon be minted in honour of Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary in 2017.

A few Yorkton-Melville constituents may even wish to propose a design for one or more of these coins. As the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins, the Royal Canadian Mint is inviting Canadians to design Canada’s 150th anniversary coins. The 5-cent, 10-cent, 25-cent, one-dollar and two-dollar coins will circulate in 2017.

The contest provides the opportunity for Canadians to show their justifiable pride in our country. It will also demonstrate the kind of unique Canadian creativity shown by Yorkton-Melville constituent, Rita Swanson, in 1992. The artist from Churchbridge proposed a one-dollar coin design for the Mint’s similar contest in honour of Canada's 125th birthday. Her design won. Today, a six-foot bronze-cast monument of the coin stands just outside the Town of Churchbridge.

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STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS - February 23, 2015

Mr. Garry Breitkreuz, MP Yorkton-Melville:

Mr. Speaker, earlier this month, the civilian review and complaints commissioner for the RCMP finally released his report into the RCMP's handling of the June 2013 flood in High River, Alberta.

Members will recall that both the Canadian military and the RCMP were called upon to undertake a search and rescue operation in response to the devastating flood situation there.

However, long after the town was secured those efforts by the RCMP changed into forcibly entering homes and seizing legally owned firearms and ammunition. The report confirms that hundreds of those firearms were taken without the legal authority to do so.

Back in June of 2013, our government raised the alarm after hearing reports that firearms were being seized by the RCMP. Law-abiding Canadians should never face unlawful search and seizure of their personal property.

The RCMP clearly has a long road ahead of it in restoring the reputation with law-abiding gun owners. Some accountability in light of the report's finding would be a good start.

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Recent Press Releases
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  • News Release: Oct. 8, 2014 - BRINGING SOME COMMON SENSE TO CANADA’S FIREARMS LAW . . . click here
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  • News Release: July 25, 2014 - BRINGING COMMON SENSE TO FIREARMS LICENSING . . . click here

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Recent News Items
  • SCI News Release: Feb. 10, 2014 - BREITKREUZ NAMED INTERNATIONAL LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR . . . click here
  • News Release: Oct. 9, 2013 - Harper Government and Government of Saskatchewan invest in new cancer treatment technologies . . . click here
  • Sask Ag & Food News Release: May 30, 2013 - CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD MAY 21 TO 27, 2013 . . . click here

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Parliamentary Items of Interest
  • Statement: Feb. 23, 2015 - Mr. Speaker, earlier this month, the civilian review and complaints commissioner for the RCMP finally released his report into the RCMP's handling of the June 2013 flood in High River, Alberta . . . click here
  • Statement: Dec. 8, 2014 - Mr. Speaker, in speaking of Canada, parliamentarians increasingly include the caveat “from coast to coast to coast”. That was not always the case. Prior to the 1950s, Canadians knew very little about our Arctic coastlines. What we did know was derived from sketched maps and journals created by explorers.
  • Statement: April 7, 2014 - Mr. Speaker, it is with mixed emotions today that I rise in this House to officially announce that I will not be seeking re-election in 2015 . . . click here

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