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Gun bill hasn’t died

I would like to put to rest any suggestion that my private member’s bill to end the long-gun registry ended with the government’s action to prorogue Parliament. I am pleased to inform you that Alex Binkley’s reports of the death of Bill C-391, which would repeal the long-gun registry, are highly exaggerated.

In his Jan. 14 article “CGC bill among casualties of prorogue” (Co-operator, page 23), Mr. Binkley stated that the end of the parliamentary session was a “crushing setback” for me and that I would have to begin again. On the contrary, my bill is unaffected by prorogation and the launch of a new session of Parliament, and as a result does not die on the order paper. In fact, the bill is automatically reinstated at the same stage it had completed when Parliament was prorogued. So when the House of Commons reconvenes at the beginning of March, my bill will continue in committee where it was when Parliament recessed.

Bill C-391 is a priority for me and for the Conservative government. Through their elected members of Parliament, Canadians have spoken loudly and clearly in supporting my bill to end the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry. Canadians can be assured that we will continue to listen, protect their interests and work to end the long-gun registry boondoggle once and for all.

Candice Hoeppner Member of Parliament,

Portage-Lisgar, Man. because we’ve offered millions of dollars to the potato industry in Manitoba over the last 20 years because our agricultural and political leaders agreed it was a good diversification strategy.

Perhaps it was at Ag Days some years ago, I don’t remember the place and time, but I do remember being told that this was being done in order to keep farmers farming in a post-Crow world. The theory was sound but perhaps not the oversight of our investment.

Our tax money has in fact been used to concentrate wealth and discourage smaller farmers from farming. I believe we deserve to know how much money over what span of time our provincial and federal governments have given to Peak of the Market directly or through training programs via our community colleges, roads built, research done, etc. to build up the capacity for these few farmers to now thrive.

Yes, a formal government inquiry would be good. But as we wait for that, can you do a bit more investigative journalism into the tax money used over the years? I do wish all potato farmers well and hope they understand the need for some explaining and corrective action. Thanks for all you do.

David M. Neufeld

Boissevain, Man. providing high-quality product that is the core value of the Peak board.

In an era of international competition for quality, food safety, and value, these growers are not only competing, they are leading the industry. It’s unfortunate that some less aggressive growers stand in the way of progress.

Success for the best growers absolutely filters down to the community and the rural economy. More people are employed and families fed from these successful farms, per acre, than any other form of agriculture in the province.

Chris Unrau Winkler, Man.

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