need to end this wasteful and ineffective
We all have a voice.
registry, because it targets them and treats
Of course, “voice” in the literal context
themas if theywere criminals. I amvery glad
is becoming amisnomer since in thiswired
that we are abolishing the registry and are
world, “voice”comes inthe formofvarious
instead focussing real measures that fight
media, many of which are not based on
crime,” said Lemieux. (His speech is on his
Most peopleusedoo-dads tomake their
“The Long Gun Registry does not stop
“voices” heard these days.
crime, it does not prevent crime and it does
In fact, in many quarters, the long,
not crack down on crime. Instead, it unfairly
Making your voices heard
drawn-out, long-winded conversation
targets law-abiding Canadian gun owners,
seems to be going the way of the dial-up
including farmers who live in our riding.”
Russell MP Pierre Lemieux and other
service. A gabber confessed the other day,
community participation, barriers to
He explained that if a crime is committed
federal Conservatives lately.
“Iwas havingayukfestwitha friendon the
participation, and to voice your opinions,
with a registered long gun, it is clear that the
When theHouseofCommons resumed,
old-fashioned phone the other day and
lifeexperiencesand ideas. Your community
registry did nothing to prevent that crime –
the new Strong, Stable, National
after 15 minutes, I was hoarse. I was not
and that if a crime is committed with a non-
used to talking so long non-stop. Use it or
survey to be distributed to over 10,000 rural
registered long gun, that the registry did
fast-tracking all those items that the Tories
lose it, eh?”
citizens in Ontario.
nothing to prevent that crime either.
could not get passed when it was forced to
Your inner voicemay be telling you that
The thing is, if you want to participate in
Lemieuxalsopointedout that criminalsdo
deal with those annoying opposition
you ought to call that long-lost relative,
person, you will have to do some driving.
not register their guns and therefore it is law-
once you’ve downloaded the webinar on
The closest meeting to the Far East is
abiding Canadians who must register their
Perfect Pierre’s smile is even brighter
howtore-connectwithsignificant yet often
being held in Perth November 29. That is a
guns and who are threatened with criminal
overlooked members of your family.
bit of a jaunt but Perth is a great place, to
charges if for some reason they miss an
Harper knowshe canshowhis true colours
Of course, the sound of voices, when
for at least the next ten years.
you are alone, may be an indication that
OK, so do you have a problem with that?
We will have more prisons, fewer
you have spent too much time in front of
now have some form of link to the
restrictions on guns and the “Royal” will
that terminal. Ease off the mouse, back
informationhighway,we canparticipate by
return to the names of our navy and air
that for the foreseeable future, the
away fromthat keyboardfora fewminutes.
visiting the RVN web site.
force. Unions can expect to see more back-
Conservatives will be able to do whatever
Stretch, breathe through the nose.
Anyway, theRuralVoicesNetwork is for
they want. It is similar to the era when the
OK, when you return to your regular
rural citizens — whether you’re a small
status of our nation will become more
Liberals (remember them?) ran the show in
business owner, long-standing resident or a
blurred. Based on recent appointments,
Ottawa as if theywere indeed (remember this
newcomer, a member of a local charity, or
federal judges and senior bureaucrats are
old tag?) the natural governing party. Then,
That is the site for the Rural Voices
someonewhowants togetmore involved in
no longer required to speak the langue de
like now, the rulers faced no effective
Network, an initiative launched by the
opponents. TheNewDemocratswill not get a
Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario.
“We all share something in common.We
Youmaynot behappywith these strong
The FWIO wants you to know about a
and stable developments, but remember
will choose their head only in 2013. That will
series of public forums being held to
public participation. The Rural Voices
that the people spoke in the last federal
giveHarper’s skilledpropagandists plenty of
examine what enables rural citizens to
Network is driven by the mandate to give
election and the people elected a majority
time to prepare another series of attack ads,
participate in the common life of their
rural citizens a space to have their voices
blasting the opposition leaders with a well-
heard, and to collaborate with non-profit
And, Lemieux is the voice of farmers
stocked, well-financed arsenal.
civic engagement. “There is ahugevalue in
organizations and leaders in all levels of
and hunters, and hard-working, law-
These are sombre times for those who did
building a bridge of communication
governance,” reads the press release.
not support the party that is providing Strong
“Collaborate” and “communities” have
That iswhyhe is soproud to reassert his
And Stable Government.
andmunicipal leadersof everycommunity
such a wonderful ring to them when they
support for the federal government bill
The 22nd anniversary of the École
are used together, eh?
that will finally end the long-gun registry
Polytechniquemassacre inMontréal is on the
Speakingof joyful sounds, youmayhave
implemented by the previous Liberal
horizon.Asmanyprepare tocelebrate theend
The “Let Your Voice Be Heard” Public
heard a chorus of “Alleluia!” emanating
government. ”The people of my riding,
of the long gun registry, one can also hear the
Forums strive to have conversations about
from the offices of Glengarry-Prescott-
particularly farmers, have told me of the
voices of despair.
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