Canada Gun Rights News: Week of 2023 January 23

29 Jan 2023


This Week

  • All Week: House of Commons is on break until 30 January 2023.
  • Monday 23 – Wednesday 25 January: Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau meets with his cabinet.
    • His statement doesn’t mention guns.

Next Week

  • Friday 03 February, 08:45 Ottawa Time: SECU (House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security) resumes its review of Bill C-21.

Analysis: Bill C-21 Will Become Law in 2023, Expanding Mass Gun Confiscations

23 January 2023

  • What: The Liberals and their NDP-Bloc Québécois-Green Party allies will pass Bill C-21 into law in 2023.
  • Why It Matters
    • For Our Beliefs: Many gun owners believe we can stop Bill C-21 from becoming law.
    • For Our Guns: This will solidify and expand the rifle and shotgun confiscations Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ordered in May 2020, and the handgun confiscations he began in October 2022.
      • The bill invents a definition of always “Prohibited” rifles and shotguns (any semi-auto model that can accept detachable mags).
      • The proposed amendment to vastly expand the rifle and shotgun confiscations may or may not be included. It’s still under debate.
  • Process: Bill C-21 is currently being reviewed by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU). After SECU approves it, the bill will go to a Senate committee for review. Then it will go back to the House of Commons for so-called “third reading,” and then finally to the Governor General to be signed into law.
    • The Liberals control SECU with a majority of votes.
    • The Liberals control the Senate, with most senators pro-Liberal most of the time.

Spring 2023 Election Unlikely (Speculation)

23 January 2023

  • The Liberals may want to avoid an election anytime soon, since opinion polls show them behind the Conservatives. (Both in popular vote and seat projections.)
  • The NDP bark, without any bite. They criticize the Liberals (on gun confiscations, medical-system collapse, …), but lack the funds to run a strong campaign.
  • Source: My recent conversation with a House of Commons staffer for a Conservative MP.
  • Also: Politics is full of surprises. Things are rarely as they appear. Predictions are risky.

Update January 24

Government Contracts & Grants

SourceBuyAndSell.gc.caProactive Disclosure

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Wins $452,493 From RCMP Canadian Firearms Program

  • Contract Date: 22 November 2022 (but published online this week)
  • Contract Period: Aug 14, 2019 – Apr 28, 2023
  • Additional Comments: Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) Mental Health Risk Assessment Model

Other Gun Media

Jordan Vanderhoff ‘I Have Decided to Step Away From the NFA’

  • Twitter, By Jordan Vanderhoff
  • 23 January 2023
  • Key Quote: “I have decided to step away from the NFA. I will continue advocating for firearm rights! Looking forward to my next chapter …”

Other Media/Sources

CBC News Promotes Gun Confiscation on Front Burner Podcast: ‘Bans and Blowback: Assessing the Liberals’ Gun Bill

  • CBC News
  • 24 January 2023

CCFR Begins ‘Scrap C-21 Project’

  • Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights
  • 26 January 2023 is the go-to source for Canada’s gun owners and industry.

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