Tag Archives: Public Safety Minister Vic Toews
February 22, 2013

A Victory for Privacy Rights! Conservatives Kill Bill C-30

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When the Conservatives introduced Bill C-30, titled the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, Vic Toews said anyone who didn’t agree with the bill was standing “with the child pornographers”.

In light of that stand, I suppose it’s reasonable to conclude Vic Toews is now standing “with the child pornographers” in the wake his government’s decision to kill off the bill.

In the wake of massive public outcry and social media campaigns against Bill C-30 Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced, almost a year to the day Vic Toews introduced Bill C-30 to parliament, he was putting the final nail in the coffin of a bill that would have stripped Canadians of one of their most fundamental Rights: the Right to be Free from Unreasonable Search and Seizure.

Here is an excerpt of the Ottawa Citizen article on this announcement:

Almost one year after introducing its controversial Internet-surveillance bill, the federal government has conceded the measure is officially dead due to public outrage.

Shortly after tabling new legislation that incorporates some of the less contentious elements of Bill C-30 related to emergency wiretaps, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson admitted Monday that the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act will not proceed.

“We will not be proceeding with Bill C-30 and any attempts that we will continue to have to modernize the Criminal Code will not contain the measures in C-30, including the warrantless mandatory disclosure of basic subscriber information or the requirement for telecommunications service providers to build intercept capability in their systems,” he said Monday.

“We’ve listened to the concerns of Canadians who’ve been very clear on this and we’re responding to that.”

This is great news.

Governments only change direction when they learn it will cost them votes. Politicians don’t care about anything else.

So the next time your elected officials try implementing more anti-Freedom legislation, make sure they know it will cost them dearly… when we do it’s amazing how fast they stop dead in their tracks.

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September 9, 2012

Canadian Government will finally repeal gun show regulations

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It’s about time… too.  This is one of the holdovers from the Liberals’ failed Firearms Act.  They had hoped to effectively ban Canadian gun shows by regulating them out of existence.

Even the Liberals knew they faced an uphill battle with these and deferred them for years before eventually losing power to Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, who has also deferred them for years.

Since Canadian gun shows are clearly not a menace to public safety it only makes sense to get rid of these useless regulations once and for all.  Why it took this long is anyone’s guess, the impatient among we Canadian Gun Owners might ask, but at least it’s finally happening.

The words “we had to wait until we had a majority government” may be very true, but many Canadian gun owners grew tired of hearing that, unfortunately.

My understanding is that the Canadian Shooting Sports Association was instrumental in getting Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to take action on this long-outstanding issue.

Here is the official press release from the Minister of Public Safety’s website:


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June 23, 2012

Gun Registry Bureaucrats screwed up data entry so we should KEEP the flawed long gun registry?

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Let me get this straight.  Government bureaucrats screwed up on data entry so that’s why we should KEEP the flawed long gun registry?

That is a ludicrous argument, but that’s exactly what writer Patrick Cain of Global News is saying. Opponents of Canada’s gun registry have long argued that the system is useless precisely because the information in the database is incorrect.

Some estimates of the error rate of data in the federal database are as high as 90%.  At the same time, because of the high error rate information from the registry cannot be relied upon in court.

But we should keep the data.  Yeah, right.

That makes about as much sense as banning ice picks because some pathetic loser killed his gay lover with one.

The Global News article “Long gun registry includes hundreds of misclassified handguns” argues that because gun registry bureaucrats were incompetent we must keep the gun registry data.

A redacted copy of the national firearms database, including the doomed long gun data, was released to Global News under access-to-information laws in May. They used that to perform a search of the database and discovered 361 handguns that are incorrectly registered as “non-restricted” firearms.

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June 16, 2012

Pro-Gun Groups praise Vic Toews for ending “back-door” registry, but did he really?

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After Bill C-19 passed and was proclaimed into law Canada’s so-called “Long Gun Registry” was officially dead.  Except that it wasn’t.

The law said it was, but the RCMP is still dragging its heels when it comes to actually deleting the data contained in the registry database.   They claimed it will take months to work out the details of how to delete the data which is, to be blunt, garbage.

The database is specifically set up with a field called “Class”, into which one of three classes of firearms can be entered.  For example, if you have a registered handgun this field will say “Restricted”.  If you have a machine gun this field will say “Prohibited”.

For non-restricted firearms this field will contained, shock of shocks, “Non-Restricted”.

Anyone with the brains of a flea can simply select all database records where “Class” = “Non-Restricted” and then press the Delete key. It’s very simple, yet apparently far beyond the ability of the techs at the Canadian Firearms Program.

Okay, to be fair that might be a slight over-simplification, but not by much.  The Quebec injunction preserving data on Quebec firearm owners is one problem.  The anti-gun and anti-freedom mindset of some members of the RCMP bureaucracy is certainly another.

To make matters worse the provincial Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) in Ontario issued a decree that all firearm retailers MUST keep track of all non-restricted firearm sales, which includes recording all information about both the firearm and the person purchasing the firearm.

This information (exactly the same as what is stored in the federal database) is then stored in a ledger in the firearms retailer’s place of business.  The catch is that the ledger is not the property of the retailer, it’s the property of the provincial CFO.

This decree has also been issued by the CFO in every single province across Canada.

The additional catch to all of this is that the CFOs have tied this data recording requirement to the Business Firearms License (BFL) of the retailer.  Don’t want to keep gun registry data?  No problem.  The CFO will be happy to revoke your Business Firearms License and voila!  You’re out of business in a heartbeat.  Otherwise your business operates at the whim of the CFO and you will do whatever he tells you.

Since a firearms business requires a Business Firearms License in order to operate business owners were placed in an impossible situation.  The law says they don’t have to keep the information but the bureaucrat who issues their BFL says he’ll cancel their license if they don’t.  On top of that, regular firearm owners won’t purchase firearms from the retailer because the retailer is going beyond the requirements of the law and keeping information they are not entitled to.

It’s a lovely Catch-22 that annoyed Public Safety Minister Vic Toews so badly he issued a decree that this practice was to end, effective immediately, or else.  (more…)

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May 13, 2012

Police State: When the Police choose which laws they will obey

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When the Police choose which laws they will obey, what do you have?

This question has come up this week in the wake of the refusal of at least 5 provincial Chief Firearms Officers across Canada to obey the law of the land as expressed by the passage of Bill C-19.

As most already know, Bill C-19 struck down the requirements for people to register their non-restricted firearms.  Ontario’s Chief Firearms Officer is leading the pack in declaring Bill C-19 null and void and that they (the CFOs) will interpret Section 58 of the Firearms Act to mean whatever they want.

Section 58.1 of the Firearms Act reads as follows:

58. (1) A chief firearms officer who issues a licence, an authorization to carry or an authorization to transport may attach any reasonable condition to it that the chief firearms officer considers desirable in the particular circumstances and in the interests of the safety of the holder or any other person.

The Ontario CFO is interpreting this section of the Firearms Act to mean he can impose any condition he wants to a Business Firearms License.  After all, as CFO, he is the one who gets to decide what “reasonable” means. The fact that this “reasonable” condition is in direct conflict with Bill C-19 is entirely beside the point.  At least as far as the Ontario CFO is concerned, anyway.

Dr. Mike Ackermann recently wrote:

“What do you call a state where the police refuse to obey the laws of the land, and instead attempt to make up the law themselves? Here’s a hint, we swear every November 11th, ‘Lest we forget, Never again!’”

Dr. Ackermann is, of course, 100% correct.

Canada sent soldiers to fight and die in wars in foreign lands so this bovine excrement would never reach our shores. Unfortunately those brave young men and women apparently died in vain for the Police State mentality has indeed taken root right here at home. (more…)

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February 24, 2012

Bill C-30’s invasions of privacy and warrantless searches are outrageous, but all the other Acts are just fine?

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Bruce Cockburn wrote a famous song that contained the line “The trouble with normal is it only gets worse.”

The same can be said for governments.  They always get worse, too.  The current so-called Conservative government is a perfect example of this, and Vic Toews unwittingly tried using this to his advantage.  He quickly discovered, much to his dismay, that Canadians weren’t quite as dumb as he had hoped.

Speaking to Ezra Levant on the Sun TV show “The Source” Vic Toews said with a straight face,

“Well, right now regulatory authorities have the power to do warrantless searches. That is very standard practice.”

Vic Toews is absolutely correct.  It is standard practice in numerous laws on the books:

  • The Firearms Act,
    the Fisheries Act,
    the Wheat Board Act and I’m sure many others.

Vic Toews clearly believes that it SHOULD be standard practice to have Canadians subjected to warrantless searches whenever it suits him, despite the so-called “conservative” nature of his government.

Unfortunately we do not actually have a conservative government in Canada right now.  We haven’t had one for a very, very long time.  The last truly conservative Canadian government probably predates the existence of anyone alive today.

You see, a truly conservative government would place the sanctity of our Rights and Freedoms ahead of any momentary and passing “need” of government.

A truly conservative government would repeal the laws that place the burden of proof on Canadians to “prove a negative”, something Ian Thomson is being forced to do right now in an Ontario courtroom.

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February 21, 2012

Inside the Prime Minister’s Office after Vic Toews called all Canadians child pornographers

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This video contains language not suitable for all audiences, as the saying goes, but is absolutely hilarious nevertheless.  This clip has floated around the internet for some time, but never in the context of opposing Bill C-30.

If you have a sense of humour, enjoy.

And while you’re here, how about downloading my Stop Bill C-30 WordPress plugin and installing it on your blog?  It will look just like the top right corner of this page.  For more information about the plugin, see my post Protect Your Right to Privacy and Help Stop Bill C-30.

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February 20, 2012

Protect Your Right to Privacy and Help Stop Bill C-30

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The Conservative Government of Stephen Harper has introduced Bill C-30, disingenuously named the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act.  This Act seeks to force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide police with your personal private information WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT.

Warrantless searches are not something Canadians should tolerate or be subjected to. If the police believe someone is committing or has committed a crime, they should be required to go before a judge and obtain a search warrant. Anything less is a violation of our Charter Rights and is 100% unacceptable.

If you believe in your Right to Privacy, and that if police believe you have committed a crime they should be required to go before a judge and obtain a search warrant before demanding your personal information, then please download my Stop Bill C-30 WordPress plugin and add it to your WordPress-powered blog.

The plugin is simple, and as you can see from viewing this page, adds a simple black banner to the top right corner of your WordPress website.  When you click on the ribbon you will be taken directly to RealPrivacy.ca, a website created by Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D., the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. (I’ve modified the plugin here on postcardsfromtheright.com to bring you to this post, but the one you download below will take your visitors to RealPrivacy.ca.)

She created this site to help stop what the government is calling “lawful access” legislation.  What this legislation does is anything but lawful, of course, because it strips you of your Right to Privacy, your Right against Unreasonable Search and Seizure, and your Right to Remain Silent.

Help promote Internet Privacy and use the tools provided by RealPrivacy.ca to educate yourself about the perils of Bill C-30 and also to let the government know you will not tolerate this legislation.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Prime Minister Stephen Harper need to know that Canadians value their personal privacy and will not tolerate a so-called conservative government stripping Canadians of our most precious right: Our Right to Privacy.

Download the Stop Bill C-30 WordPress Plugin

 

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February 19, 2012

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews: Are you really as incompetent as your protestations make you appear?

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I couldn’t help but laugh as I read reports that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is suddenly shocked to learn what Bill C-30,the “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act”, actually contains.

I find this odd, since I’ve listened to him defend Bill C-30 repeatedly and blather on endlessly about how police can never abuse their powers under this act; that he is actually protecting Canadians from abuse instead of inflicting it. All his protestations are despite the fact that numerous reporters and television interviewers who have clearly explained it to him.

If there is one thing Canadians can do with less of (other than all this government invasion of their privacy) it’s politicians that are too bloody lazy to read the legislation they are attempting to ram down our throats.

Minister Toews is either blatantly incompetent or he is attempting to deceive the Canadian public when he claims he doesn’t know what Bill C-30 contains.

Either option is possible.  Both allow for his recent vile and disgusting behavior in the House of Commons, where he said anyone who doesn’t like his atrocious legislation must be in league with child pornographers.

Either is also possible when Minister Toews attempts to make the claim that he didn’t realize that Bill C-30 allows “any police officer” to demand personal client information from an ISP and for any reason, as is clearly laid out in Section 17 of the Act as it currently stands.

“I’d certainly like to see an explanation of that,” Toews told host Evan Solomon after a week of public backlash against Bill C-30, which would require internet service providers to turn over client information without a warrant.

”This is the first time that I’m hearing this somehow extends ordinary police emergency powers [to telecommunications]. In my opinion, it doesn’t. And it shouldn’t.”

Well, Minister Toews, if the very first time you’ve heard about the contents of Bill C-30, specifically Section 17, then you must be incompetent.  If the Bill should NOT allow this, then why did you have your minions write it in?

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January 31, 2012

Canada’s useless “Gun Control” system fails again, almost gets cop killed

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The many failures of Canada’s “gun control” scheme are well known to anyone willing to actually look at the facts.  For those unwilling to do so, however, no amount of proof that the system doesn’t work will ever be enough.

The latest proof of the uselessness and dangerousness of the current gun control scheme comes from Kamloops, British Columbia, where a convicted drug dealer with a court-ordered firearms prohibition was arrested after pointing a loaded handgun at an RCMP member.

Jeremy Jensen, the defense lawyer for Jacques Richard Bedard, the man with the pre-existing firearms prohibition order against him, had the audacity to say this to reporters:

He has the firearm in his possession for his own protection.”

Really?

Maybe he ought to stop dealing heroin then… it’s just a thought.

Clearly, while the RCMP focuses its time and resources on abusing law-abiding firearm owners, like the owners of the Armi Jager AP-80 that the RCMP arbitrarily reclassified and is now demanding be turned in for destruction or face criminal charges. As I wrote a few weeks ago, Sun TV’s Brian Lilley comprehends the issue, so why can’t Public Safety Minister Vic Toews?

When a convicted criminal with firearm prohibition order against him can easily obtain a handgun and then point it at a cop, even the most ardent supporters of the Firearms Act should be able to comprehend the system does not meet its intended goal, right?

I wish.  Nothing is quite so powerful as willful ignorance.

The simple fact that all of those gun haters, gun banners and gun registry lovers refuse to face is that criminals, real criminals like Jacques Richard Bedard, will never obey the law, are NOT tracked in any way by Canada’s Firearms Act and its licensing or registration schemes, and a firearm prohibition order, just like a restraining order, is nothing but a useless piece of paper unless the subject of the order chooses to obey it.

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January 13, 2012

Sun TV’s Brian Lilley comprehends the issue, why can’t Public Safety Minister Vic Toews?

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As most in the know in gun circles has been aware of for some time, the RCMP is demanding that owners of a specific .22 calibre rifle, the Armi Jager AP-80, turn in their rifles for destruction without compensation. This rifle that merely looks like, as Brian Lilley said on his Sun TV show Byline, “the dreaded AK-47“, but has no parts in common with it and cannot be converted to shoot centerfire ammunition.

The rifle was initially imported into Canada about 20 years ago and listed as a non-restricted firearm.  Then the anti-gun bureaucrats got ahold of a photo of it and decided that it was “bad and evil looking” and must be banned.

That started the long process that wound up in court, and finally was dismissed by a judge, all of which made way for the RCMP to unilaterally reclassify a simple .22 calibre rifle as a “prohibited weapon.”

Brian Lilley’s disgust with the Conservative government that was supposedly on the side of Canadian gun owners is palpable.

Good.

Unlike most media folks, Lilley actually comprehends what the RCMP bureaucrats are doing while Public Safety Minister Toews clearly does not: reclassifying non-restricted firearms as prohibited so they can keep gun registry records of them alive.

Just because a firearm cosmetically looks like an AK-47, that  doesn’t make it one, as Brian Lilley so aptly points out.

I was actually horrified to see Minister Toews defending the RCMP’s actions on this case for two reasons.

First, it is the Minister of Public Safety, not some nameless and faceless RCMP bureaucrat hiding in a cubicle somewhere, who should be making these decisions.

Second, Minister Toews clearly has no idea what he is talking about, as evidenced by his response to a question posed by Sun TV’s Jacqui Delaney:

“Every time a new firearm is imported into Canada, there is a process to classify it, and if it’s a prohibited one, then Canadians can’t own it.”

In saying this, Minister Toews reveals his total ignorance of the facts.  The AP-80 is NOT, as he tried to claim, a new rifle being imported into Canada.  This is a rifle that has already been in Canada for decades. (more…)

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