Local MP Letter of Response Regarding Hunters Rights

We recently questioned our local MP regarding threats and abuse towards us as hunters from anti-hunting individuals and groups and what is being done to protect our safety and our hunting rights. Here is the reply we received.


Dear Mr. McCann,

Thank you for taking the time to contact my office with your concerns related to the rights of hunters and protections in place for their personal safety.

The Conservative Party has always championed the rights of law-abiding hunters, fishers, and trappers in Canada, even recognizing civilian firearms ownership as a Canadian heritage in our party’s policy declaration.

First, it’s important to note that the Government of Manitoba, through the Department of Sustainable Development, is responsible for the regulation of hunting in Manitoba.  Laws such as The Wildlife Act, The Resource Tourism Operators Act, and The Endangered Species and Ecosystems Act govern hunting in Manitoba.  For more information regarding this legislation and accompanying regulations, you may wish to contact the office of Kelvin Goertzen, MLA for Steinbach, or the office of the Minister of Sustainable Development, Cathy Cox.  Their contact information is as follows:

Office of Kelvin Goertzen, MLA

Unit C2-275 Main Street
Steinbach, MB  R5G 1Y9
Phone: 204-326-5763
Fax: 204-346-9913
Email: kelvin@kelvingoertzen.com

Office of Cathy Cox, Minister of Sustainable Development

314 Legislative Building
450 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB  R3C 0V8
Phone: 204-945-3730
Fax: 204-945-3586
Email: minsdev@leg.gov.mb.ca

With respect to your comments about threats directed toward you as a hunter or in general, such actions are reprehensible and completely unacceptable.  If you are threatened, whether verbally, in writing, or by gesture, you can and should report it to police.  There is no gap in the law in this regard as the Criminal Code prohibits the uttering of threats in section 261.1(1):

Every one commits an offence who, in any manner, knowingly utters, conveys or causes any person to receive a threat
–          (a) to cause death or bodily harm to any person;
–          (b) to burn, destroy or damage real or personal property; or
–          (c) to kill, poison or injure an animal or bird that is the property of any person.

In instances where an individual is physically harmed by another person, other charges may be laid as well.

Finally, regarding protections for hunters provided federally, our previous Conservative Government had a strong record of defending the rights of law-abiding hunters.  For example, our government ended the wasteful and ineffective long gun registry, deferred the implementation of the useless UN Firearms Markings Treaty, and passed bills like the Common Sense Firearms Licencing Act which:
–          Provided for the discretionary authority of Chief Firearms Officers (CFOs) to be subject to the regulations;
–          Provided the Governor in Council with the authority to prescribe firearms to be non-restricted or restricted (such prescribing would be informed by independent expert advice);
–          Created a six-month grace period at the end of the five-year licence period to stop people from immediately becoming criminalized for paperwork delays around license renewals;
–          Eliminated of the Possession Only Licence (POL) and converted of all existing POLs to Possession and Acquisition Licences (PALs); and
–          Merged Authorizations to Transport with the licence for certain routine and lawful activities such as target shooting, taking a firearm home after a transfer, going to a gunsmith or gun show, or to a peace officer or a Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) for verification, registration or disposal.

Unfortunately the Liberal Government is trying to quietly bring back another long gun registry through a new piece of legislation, Bill C-47.  This bill would allow the government to create regulations that demand firearm importers record and keep all their import registry data for at least 6 years, and have it available to the government – a cost burden on importers that will almost certainly be passed on to consumers.  Media reports have also indicated additional legislation may not be too far behind.  This is nothing more than an attempt to revive the long gun registry through the backdoor.  Our Conservative team will continue to hold these Liberals to account every step of the way, and fight back against all attempts to bring back any iteration of their wasteful and ineffective long gun registry.

Since being elected I have been a member of the Conservative Party Outdoor Caucus and the All-Party Outdoor Caucus.  These are groups that consist of Members of Parliament who are dedicated to the protection, preservation, celebration, participation, and education related to hunting and angling.  I assure you that I will continue to defend the rights of hunters in Parliament.

I hope you find this information helpful.

Sincerely,

Ted Falk
Member of Parliament for Provencher
76 PTH 12 N
Steinbach, Manitoba  R5G 1T4
Tel:  204-326-9889
Fax: 204-346-9874

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