Bill C-71: Information & Assessment

Bill C-71 has been introduced by the federal Liberal Party to amend several parts of the current laws governing firearms. There is much debate and opinion so for the benefit of our PQFG membership and the wider firearms community in general, we have tried to collate some educational material to allow users to create an informed stance. Normally, we would seek the views of informed supporters and detractors but in the case of Bill C-71, we have been unable to find any supporting view that is ‘informed’. While we recognise the bias of an organisation such as PQFG in assessments of this nature, it would have been enlightening to find at least some material supporting C-71 for the purposes of critical thought. Regrettably, we have been unable to do so.

The assessments below are made by recognised experts in the shooting sports community.

Canadian Shooting Sports Association:
Team CSSA News Release | Bill C-71 | March 20, 2018

Team CSSA Special Report | Bill C-71 – Another Liberal Betrayal of Canadians | March 23, 2018

TEAM CSSA TALKING POINTS | Bill C-71 | March 25, 2018

Canadian National Firearm Association:
The NFA to mount campaign against Liberal Bill C-71

C-71: NFA executive summary and analysis by Guy Lavergne

Others:
Ian Runkle – Firearms Law & Criminal Defence (Facebook blog)

Response to Liberal claims of increased firearm crime by expert statisticians | CBC

If you find other reputable analysis either supporting or criticising C-71, please submit them to info@pqfg.org and we will look at including them here.

ACTION NEEDED: Bill C-71 – Amendments to Firearms Regulations

As most firearms owners will be aware, the federal Liberal government has tabled changes to firearms laws that will affect anyone in Canada that legally owns a firearm. This bill is labelled C-71.

As misguided as the proposed legislation is – and there are numerous assessments provided from multiple sources which make clear that it is misguided – the urgency for action relates to the attempts by the Liberal government to ‘fast track’ the changes without debate. With Parliament expected to be pressed to approve this afternoon, 27th March, it is imperative that you take a few minutes to make a couple of phone calls to the representatives below and state that you object to the bill in general but particularly to the attempts to push this through Parliament without debate. Time MATTERS, this could occur as early as this afternoon.

    Ralph Goodale – Minister for Public Safety

Parliament Hill: 613-991-2924
Saskatchewan: 306-585-2202

    Gord Johns – Member of Parliament – Courtenay-Alberni

Parliament Hill: 613-992-0903
Vancouver Island: 1-844-620-9924

Please take the time to call and have your feelings heard on this matter.

UPDATE:
Ralph Goodale’ phone is ringing out but so keep trying both numbers.

I (Mark Hurst) spoke with Gord Johns secretary and her understanding is the vote to ‘fast track’ has taken place this morning but is not aware of the outcome. She will endeavour to find more information and let me know so that I can share with the membership. She did inform me that Gord also objected to the ‘fast track’ and was intending to vote against it along with the Conservative Party.

Call for nominations – AGM 2018

Hi Folks,

We’re getting really close to Board elections at the AGM on March 29th 2018. This is your last chance to raise your hand and help shape the future of our association.

I’m looking for an,

EXECUTIVE MEMBER

TREASURER

This position is expected to be greatly simplified as our current treasurer is having conversation with our accountants for a data entry person who will look after financial obligations and prepare financial statements.

BOARD MEMBER AT LARGE.

Some great folks have stuck their hand up for one of these four positions. This could be your chance to front your opinions. If you are interested call or write.

Being a board member requires a two-year commitment-but we’re bendable.

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR.

This person is usually chosen by other members of the executive but is open to any member to nominate an executive. Please reply to me in less than 150 words why you nominated this person.

MEMBER OF THE YEAR.

This person, among all our membership can receive the coveted trophy as Member of the Year. Again please send you nomination to me replying with 150 words or less why you feel this person deserves recognition for outstanding service.

SERVICE AWARD

We have the ability to award special recognition to a person or organisation that has helped with the aims of PQFG or enhanced our reputation. Again the 150 words or less would be appreciated.

Please direct your replies to me at;

mailto:    qbstarz@shaw.ca

Or telephone at 250-752-6846

Thank you for helping me do my job

 

Rick Starling

Nominations Chair

PQFG

Member Update – 01/29/2018 A Message from your President

To     All Members

Date  January 26, 2018

From Richard Thompson, President PQFG

Annual Banquet

I have the job of announcing that the Annual PQF&G Fund Raising banquet has been postponed indefinitely.

The Board and Banquet Committee have been unable to fill several vital spots in the organizational structure.  This was due to several key members being out of town at Banquet time and the inability to find members to fill the leadership positions needed for the event to succeed.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who supported the event by attending faithfully each year.

Also, thanks to those people that did all of the little jobs that really made the Banquet a success, whether selling 50-50 tickets, setting up tables or the myriad of other small but essential jobs.

The end result is that our finances will take a hit of approximately $17 000.  Your Board will be looking at cost saving measures and consider utilizing funds accumulated from past financial periods.

It may be time we looked at other sources of revenue and your Board will be doing so.

AGM

The Board has moved the date of the Annual General Meeting until March 29th, 15 months after the last meeting.

The Meeting will deal with budgets, elections and reports from various group within the organization and other items required by the Societies Act.

Richard Thompson, President PQFG

 

Director and Board Nominations Notice

Hi Folks,

We’ve got a great Board of Directors but some are getting long in the tooth or wish to pursue other activities.

Therefore we need a few good people to come forward and volunteer for a two-year position of President or Vice-president, and directors to represent Archery, Dorman and Henry range.

To be President you must have served two years as a director in the past. All other positions have no requirement other than being good looking.

This is your chance to have a say in how your club is run.

If you have an interest in any discipline including Archery, Fishing, Hatchery, Small Arms, Shotgun, Long Guns, these committees would love to have you represent them.

Don’t be shy if you don’t know anyone. They don’t know you either. A handshake will do it.

Call or email me for more information or to have your name placed on the ballot.

Voting takes place at the Parksville Community Conference Center on Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Thanks for your help. It is appreciated.

Rick Starling

Nominations Chair.

250-752-6846

mailto:qbstarz@shaw.ca