Report From Parliament Hill:
Eric Melillo, MP, Kenora Riding
Recently the Liberal government introduced Bill C-21. This legislation will make changes to the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.
Within Bill C-21, there are a few positive measures that I would support on their own. These include provisions to keep firearms out of the hands of those who’ve committed domestic violence and the creation of a new offence for illegally increasing magazine capacity.
However, Bill C-21 also includes an arbitrary ban on handgun sales. This ban will only impact law-abiding firearms owners and do nothing to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. Existing data proves that the vast majority of gun crimes in Canada are committed with firearms that can be traced back to the United States, and were acquired illegally. I believe we must put more resources towards stopping gun smuggling and cracking down on gang activity if we are going to prevent gun crime-which is missing from this bill. Overall, without significant amendments, I am opposed to Bill C-21.
Cost of Living Crisis
The cost of living is skyrocketing, prices at the pumps continue to rise, grocery bills are doubling and many Canadians are struggling to make ends meet. This is why my Conservative colleagues and I introduced a motion in the House of Commons calling on the government to take immediate action address the cost of living crisis which included numerous reasonable measures such as: suspending the carbon tax, eliminating the GST on fuel, and ending COVID-19 mandates so people can get back to work and our tourism industry can thrive.
Unfortunately, the Liberals and NDP voted against these tangible, reasonable measures. They voted against reducing prices at the pumps and grocery stores and removing vaccine mandates so tourism operators can once again have a successful season.
I will keep advocating for the government to take the cost of living crisis seriously and provide Canadians the relief they need.
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Member of Parliament, Kenora Riding