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Dear Coalition for Gun Control’s Friends,
As you know the Prime Minister has prorogued parliament until March 3, 2010. With prorogation, all government legislation dies and has to be reintroduced. Many of our supporters were hoping that this would apply to Bill C-391 which passed second reading in the House of Commons November 4, 2009. Unfortunately, Private Member's bills are NOT affected and will be automatically reinstated on March 3, 2010.
Bill C-391 (repeal of the long-gun registry) will be in front of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security when the House of Commons resumes. We urge those interested to submit a brief to the committee or appear as witnesses to contact us.
Bill C-391 proposes to end the long-gun portion of the registry, eliminating the need to register rifles and shotguns. The requirement to register handguns would remain in place. Remember firearm registration is a one-time only procedure (a form to fill) that:
Members of Parliaments will be in their riding for the next few months. It is a good time for them to hear from or meet with people in their ridings.We know e-mails are easier but MPs tell us they only get calls from the gun lobby, so please take the extra time to call them, tell them your story and why you care. The phone number of your MP is available at: www.parl.gc.ca or by calling 1-800-O-CANADA.
Thank you very much!
The Coalition for Gun Control
Public sector unions in Canada and Europe alarmed by proposed trade deal Canadian public sector unions along with the European Federation of Public Service Unions release study arguing that the deal is fundamentally flawed. Ottawa (11 Jan. 2010) - Canada ’s largest public sector unions and their European counterparts are expressing serious concerns about the proposed trade agreement between Canada and the European Union. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), along with the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), today released a study arguing that the deal is fundamentally flawed and a thorough rethinking of the whole approach to international trade is needed (click here for report). “We are excited about the level of cooperation and consensus that we were able to develop on this issue; essentially all the biggest public sector unions in both Canada and the EU are of a common mind on these negotiations,” said NUPGE's national Secretary-Treasurer Larry Brown. "When we started to look at what was known about the proposed agreement a lot of alarm bells started going off on both sides of the Atlantic,” added Brown. “As we got further into the research it was apparent that we shared a lot of the same concerns about the process and what was being negotiated." The unions highlight five major concerns with the proposed agreement: