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A Government that Lies

“I love my family, I love my country, and I care for my neighbour. I am not a criminal or a threat to society. What Justin Trudeau is trying to do is unjust.”
– Carey Price, Montreal Canadians goaltender, December 4, 2022

I guess it should be expected that governments won’t always speak the truth. In fact, I’ll bet that on many occasions, if you’re government, telling the truth is probably the wrong thing to do. Governments need to maintain secrecy for many things and keeping secrets may require lies, especially for clandestine and counterintelligence operations where your countries security is at stake, etc. To deny a government the ability to lie, in these cases, would be unwise.

However, when a government lies to its populace for political gain, then that government should be held accountable—liar, liar, pants on fire, as they say.

But sometimes, if you call them liars, you pay a consequence. Take Manitoba Conservative Raquel Dancho as an example. She was ejected from the House of Commons after accusing a Liberal MP of lying. When asked to apologize by the Speaker of the House, she refused, and was then expelled from the House of Commons for the day. Dancho later said, “I was raised by a very strong woman who told me never to back down from the truth.” And, “Today, we had enough of it and I called them out for lying, which they did lie. And I will say it again out here, they lied today in the House of Commons.”

Of course, this was over the Liberal Government accusing Conservatives of standing in the way of testimony at the public safety committee to debate Bill C-21, the Liberals’ gun legislation, which was amended by the Liberals to add hundreds of guns used for hunting to the list of banned firearms. Clearly, the Liberal MP was lying, as Dancho said.

“Millions of hunters will be impacted by what they’ve done. And they brought it forward at the 11th hour in the most sneaky and underhanded way,” said Dancho. Which appears to have become the norm for this anti-gun Liberal government... sneaky, underhanded, and lying. And when it comes to lying, few are as good at is as Liberal Minister of Public Safety, Marco Mendicino.

After a Liberal committee member added a 400-page schedule of long guns to be made illegal with Bill C-21, Mendicino tweeted, “Don’t believe the hype. We are focusing on assault-style firearms, not hunting rifles.” Which is clearly a lie.

The first hunting rifle I ever owned was given to me by my father when I was 16-years-old. It’s a semi-automatic, Winchester Model 100 .308 that I have taken several deer and moose with over the years. A few years ago, I handed the rifle down to my son who still uses it to this day for deer hunting. It’s a gun I would love to see further handed down, perhaps to my son’s son or daughter, should he decide to have children one day. But in the eyes of a Liberal, it’s an assault weapon—whatever the heck that is?

Then Mendicino further lied by claiming, “The bill will only “go after those AR-15-style firearms that were used in the likes of Polytechnique.” Not only was he lying, an AR-15 style firearm wasn’t used in the Polytechnique slayings.

And while the following may not be a lie, it is certainly not fully telling the entire truth. According to Mendicino, “This year, the CBSA (Canadian Border Services Agency) kept over 24,053 prohibited firearms and weapons off our streets.”

In fact, according to the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR), “Only 1,009 (4.19%) of all seized weapons were ACTUALLY firearms.”

And it’s not just Mendicino who lies, so too do Liberal MPs Bill Blair, Yasir Naqvi, Taleeb Noormohamed, Pam Damoff, and Trudeau himself, all in the name of political gain with those in big cities who know little of firearms use in Canada.

“Society must decide where the line is going to be on assault-style firearms,” said Trudeau. Okay, fine, then let’s talk to gun clubs, hunters, trappers and Indigenous folks that use these firearms; not to people living in downtown Toronto who know nothing of firearms or their uses in Canada, or to groups like PolySeSouvient who just want to see all guns gone in Canada.

As Spencer Fernando wrote in his Opinion & Insight webpage, “The arrogance and disregard for the truth that the Liberals are showing, combined with their efforts to blame law-abiding gun owners for crime that is being caused by gangs, is further dividing the country, eroding trust, and making the country more dangerous.”

Has there ever been a governing body in Canada that lies to the extent this current Liberal regime does? Methinks not! ■

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