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View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Chair, provinces are reopening at different speeds, and that includes opening their provincial parks before the May long weekend. It no longer makes sense for fully staffed national parks across the country to be uniformly closed.
Will the Minister of Environment commit to opening national parks in harmony with provincial and territorial parks across Canada?
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CPC (AB)
Mr. Chair, boating is a safe way to enjoy the outdoors while maintaining physical distancing. Why is Parks Canada postponing the opening of lock operations and similar functions along our heritage waterways?
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CPC (AB)
Mr. Chair, since the beginning of this pandemic, the minority Liberal government has been actively trying to push our democracy aside. It severely limited parliamentary sittings, attempted to take executive control of tax rates and used an order in council to ban lawfully acquired and responsibly owned firearms.
When will the government stop using this pandemic as an excuse to run roughshod over our cherished democratic values?
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CPC (AB)
Mr. Chair, the inconsistency in support for various sectors in our economy is baffling. There is more money made available to forcibly confiscate lawfully owned property than in emergency support for our hard-working farmers or our prosperity-creating oil and gas sector.
The only consistent theme appears to be that sectors that do not traditionally vote Liberal are finding themselves left out in the cold. If that is not the case, why is there such an obvious discrepancy?
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CPC (AB)
Mr. Chair, during the misinformation briefing, the public safety minister used Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom as examples for firearms policy. Does the public safety minister realize that these countries are islands and none share a border with anyone, least of which with the United States of America?
Is my bringing this new-found evidence to the minister's attention going to change his focus to smugglers, gangs and criminals, instead of wrongfully blaming lawful gun owners?
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CPC (AB)
Mr. Chair, the nine o'clock gun is an iconic 12-pound cannon that has been fired daily in Vancouver in Stanley Park since the 1800s. It's now a prohibited firearm as of May 1, 2020.
Can the minister advise the public of the safety risks that this cannon, which was manufactured in 1816, poses to the public?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Chair, I was referring to the iconic, heritage 12-pound cannon that is mounted on a pedestal in Stanley Park. It was manufactured in 1816. Any cannon that can be fired can be loaded with a projectile, so it meets the definition of a firearm, which means that every cannon in Canada, every heritage piece that might be in a museum, every heritage piece that might be in a collection, is now a prohibited firearm.
Was the minister not aware of this when he announced this policy?
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CPC (AB)
Madam Chair, how will the government's forced confiscation of law-abiding firearms owners' property prevent criminals from illegally acquiring firearms from the United States?
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CPC (AB)
The government previously has said that decisions like classifying firearms should be left to experts. The recent decision was purely political and it flies in the face of evidence-based policy.
A legal opinion that's already been obtained says that the bore of a 12-gauge shotgun with the choke removed is in excess of 20 millimetres. That means every 12-gauge shotgun with a choke in it with that choke removed is now prohibited. That is the same firearm that Olympic trap shooters, Olympic skeet shooters, duck hunters and geese hunters all across our country use on a very regular basis.
Why did the government abandon an evidence-based policy?
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CPC (AB)
Madam Chair, the opinion is that of one of the foremost experts we have in Canada when it comes to firearms legislation.
If the entirety of the barrel length is considered, then the removal of the choke makes that barrel in excess of 20 millimetres. I would appreciate the minister clarifying that for law-abiding firearms owners. There is no plan for a buyback program in this policy, and law-abiding firearms owners are not able currently to surrender their firearms. Given this, and the fact that law-abiding firearms owners aren't committing any gun violence, what was the government's immediate benefit of making this announcement on May 1?
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CPC (AB)
Madam Chair, since January 1, 2002, any law-abiding citizen who was issued with a firearms licence by the government would have been cross-referenced with a continuous eligibility check 6,695 times up until May 1 of this year. How many times was this most recent mass murderer here in Canada checked against a criminal database since January 2002?
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CPC (AB)
Thank you, Chair.
Minister, do you or your department know what contribution family farm income is supplemented by off-farm income?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
I'm not surprised.
In the west, for example, in the riding that I represent, many of the family farms have people working off that farm to supplement family farm income.
Is the Department of Agriculture aware of what the influence is for off-farm income in keeping family farms viable?
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CPC (AB)
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CPC (AB)
Okay.
I would hope you would be aware of that and keep that in mind the next time you're making deliberations at the cabinet table about energy projects in western Canada. For many of the farmers in my area, the running joke is that we work in the oil and gas sector to support our farming habit. We say that lightly, but these days it's not taken lightly.
Now I would like to move on to talk about net farm income. Over the last number of years, depending on what trading arrangement we've had, we've lost about 45% or $5.6 billion in revenue from various countries like China, India, Italy, Peru, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam with the embargos or tariffs that we have with these countries. We have a carbon tax that's putting pressure of anywhere from 8% escalating upwards to 12% to 15%, depending on who you listen to, on farm income.
In your party's platform, you committed to putting $5 billion into Farm Credit corporation. Is it because of the mishandling of the trade relations and the agricultural file that you believe the fiscal solvency of farms in Canada is going to become a liability for our major financial institutions and so that you now you need $5 billion to prop up Farm Credit corporation to prop up the farms that are no longer making a profit because of government failed policy?
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