- Breitkruez says in the House of Commons on May 27, 2002.
"The Firearms Act is about licensing and registration, not confiscation."
- Former Justice Minister Anne McLellan, July 31, 1998.
"Let us not hear that the registration system will cost $100 per firearm.
Let us not hear that it is a prelude to confiscation by the government of
hunting rifles and shotguns. Let us not contend that it will cost $1.5 billion
to put in place. That is the way to distort the discussion. That is the way to
frighten people." - Former Liberal Justice Minister Alan Rock, Hansard,
February 16, 1995.
Another expensive, dismal failure that came from a top-down, expert-driven, policy-based law." "Several years and perhaps a billion dollars later the bill is a shambles - it is a joke," says Galloway.
- Roger Galloway, Liberal Member of Parliament from Sarnia Lambton
"It's becoming a joke, a fiasco and a boondoggle of unbelievable proportions."
- Garry Breitkreuz - MP Canadian Alliance Yorkton-Melville, Sk. Official Opposition Firearms Critic
"The federal firearms program is a billion-dollar black hole."
-Bob Runciman Minister of Public Security, Ontario
"History dictates that unresponsive governments force ordinary people to do extraordinary things."
- Bruce Hutton, former RCMP officer and founder of LUFA
"We have an ongoing gun crisis, including firearms-related homicides lately in Toronto, and a law registering firearms has neither deterred these crimes nor helped us solve any of them."
- Toronto police Chief Julian Fantino
"Blaming the provinces and the gun community for exorbitant cost of the Firearm's Registry is like blaming the ice in my rye and coke for the sinking of the Titanic."
- Bruce Hutton, former RCMP officer and founder of LUFA
"We agree with Auditor General Sheila Fraser's points and we promise the Canadian Public we will get it right this time."
- Martin Cauchon, Justice Minister of Canada
"The law is not just and is an infringement of our constitutional and treaty rights.''
-Vice-Chief Greg Ahenakew Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN)
"...for the 10 million long guns in Canada, I believe a registration scheme would be unworkable and impractical in comparison to its potential benefits."
- Former Liberal Solicitor General Warren Allmand COMMONS DEBATES - April 8, 1976 page 12,627.
"The registering of hunting rifles is the first step in the social re-engineering of Canadians"
- Liberal Senator Sharon Carstairs
"I came to Ottawa last year, with the firm belief that the only people in Canada who should have firearms are police officers and the military."
- former Justice Minister Alan Rock (currently the Health Minister of Canada)
"...disarming the Canadian public is part of the new humanitarian social agenda."
- Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axeworthy at a Gun Control conference in Oslo, Norway in 1998.
"In his sixteen years of office Pierre Elliot Trudeau made himself a nuisance by inserting the tentacles of government where they had no place to be: in the private lives of the citizens. The man who declared that there was no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation set about making its presence felt in every room of the house."
- Kenneth McDonald
"Nearly every move that [Former Prime Minister Brian] Mulroney made while in office was governed not by his own budgets, but by Trudeau's fiscal legacy. During his sixteen years in power, Trudeau turned the nearly balanced books he had inherited into a $38.5 billion deficit and increased the national debt by 1,200 per cent, from $17 billion to more than $200 billion. By the time Mulroney took over, less than 15 per cent of the annual budget was made up of discretionary spending, so that he was robbed of any maneuvering room to pay for the many promises he had made."
- Peter C. Newman
"[Trudeau's] attacks might move a few in Quebec who are nostalgic about the past. It is a concentrate of thirty years of his worst calumnies dribbling with contempt for an insecure society that could never quench his thirst for power. Outside Quebec, Trudeau finds himself in the company, amongst others, of marginals and extremists to whom he gives not leadership, but a justification for their prejudices."
- Jean Pare
"Socialism and federalism are necessarily political opposites, because the former demands that centralized concentration of power which the latter by definition denies."
- Felix Morley
"Basically, National Socialism and Marxism are the same."
- Adolf Hitler, in February 1941
"When the growth of a bureaucracy passes beyond control, it becomes a law unto itself. The process is self-fulfilling. The failure of each new intrusion compels it to intrude again. More people are hired, more programmes devised to occupy them, until the bureaucracy's original purpose is obscured. No longer is it there to administer the law, for the law has been buried. It is there to minister to itself."
- Kenneth McDonald
"Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem."
- Ronald Reagan
"Excessive governmental responsibility encourages lack of responsibility in the citizen. From this excess and this absence, in fact, have arisen the revolutions and rebellions with which France's history is so replete. Centralization perpetuates the crises it was created to dispel."
- Alain Peyrefitte
"Instead of high tax rates with low production, government can raise the same amount of revenue through low tax rates that will apply to the high production base that will result from lessening taxes and increasing incentives."
- Jack Kemp
"You can walk into a Wal-Mart store today and have your credit card approved in 2.3 seconds. And yet, it takes the Veterans' Department six weeks to answer your letter. We [conservative] Republicans see the efficiency of Wal-Mart and UPS; and we want to change the government to be as courteous, efficient, speedy and effective as those companies. The [liberal] Democrats see those companies, and they want to apply litigation, regulation, and taxation to make sure the companies become more like the government."
- Newt Gingrich
"A man with a gun is a citizen. A man without a gun is subject."
- Author Unknown
"Pity the poor, wretched timid soul who is too faint hearted to resist his oppressors. He sings the song of the damned:
Such poor miserable creatures are hiding their cowardice behind pretended family responsibility."
- Author Unknown - If you have that much to fight for, then you should be fighting.
"Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. Prohibition of private firearms is the goal."
- Attorney General Janet Reno US Department of Justice
"A system of licensing and registration, is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie."
- Vladimir Lenin
"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim."
- Dianne D. Dixon
"In Germany they came first for the communist, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time nobody was left to speak up."
- Martin Niemoeller
"Security is the mother of danger and the grandmother of destruction"
- Thomas Fuller
"What this issue taps into are the ideas of self protection and private property - ideas from south of the border that are quite alien to Canadian values."
- Wendy Cukier, Anti-Firearms Lobbyist with the Coalition of Gun Control. Globe and Mail, February 19th, 2000
"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing."
-- Hitler's Table Talks, 1941-1944, H.R Trevor-Roper, Ed. (London: Wiedenfeld and Nicolson, 1953), p. 425.
"Compulsory registration of all firearms may not be the most effective way of curbing the increase in crimes involving guns"
- Warren Allmand, Former Solicitor General of the Liberal Government, Commons Debates - April 8, 1976. (Page 12627)
"I take my pepper on my eggs and my steak."
- Prime Minister Jean Chretian's comment when asked about Pepper spraying Law-abiding Canadians when the Apec Hearings were proceeding.
"All it takes for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
- John Donne, 18th century English philosopher
"The measures adopted to restore public order
are: First of all, the elimination of the so-called subversive elements. [...]
They were elements of disorder and subversion. On the morrow of each conflict
I gave the categorical order to confiscate the largest possible number of
weapons of every sort and kind. This confiscation, which continues with the
utmost energy, has given satisfactory results."
- Prime Minister Benito Mussolini speech before the Italian Senate, June 8, 1923. Reproduced in Mussolini as Revealed in His Political Speeches (London & Toronto: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1923), pp. 308-309.
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