We’re back in the House of Commons! I look forward to all the legislation & debates in the upcoming year. I remain committed to being the voice of Calgary Centre and am excited to bring Alberta’s voice to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources.
Last week some important bills were debated, including Bill C-79 (the CPTPP, a free trade agreement with 10 other Pacific countries) and Bill C-81 (The Accessible Canada Act).
We also debated Bill C-71, the Firearms Act. It astounds me that my Conservative colleagues would oppose such an important piece of legislation with common sense answers to increasing gun violence not only in Canada, but in Calgary specifically — our police chief has said himself that he is concerned about our city’s increasing gun violence. This bill is about saving lives and solving crimes, and it will do so by keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals and helping police trace firearms used in crime. Bill C-71 has five primary components:
1. Expanding background checks for firearms licences beyond just five years;
2. Reinstating the requirement that firearms sellers verify licences with the Firearms Registrar;
3. Recreating the 1979 requirement that vendors must keep records of non-restricted firearms sales, however these cannot be shared with police without a warrant;
4. Requiring owners of restricted and prohibited firearms to obtain a license to transport their firearm to any place other than a licensed shooting range;
5. Reclassifying the CZ 858 and Swiss Arms rifles to prohibited status based on RCMP recommendation.
I am humbled by the opportunity to represent hard working Canadians across the country. Every single one of you inspire me and my colleagues in Ottawa to work towards a better Canada. I’m ready to tackle the year ahead and to continue bringing positive change.
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