Stoddard Online:In the mid 1990's the Liberal government, under pressure from special interest groups decided to pass legislation which would see the registration of all non restricted firearms in Canada. It was a course of action they would not detract from in spite of heated opposition from across Canada, and as well, opposition within their own caucus ranks. The government gave us a projected figure of two million dollars to get the program up and running. This figure was based on the overall cost of the program minus the registration fees collected. Here we are now well into the year 2006. Guess what? The program is still not up and running, and that two million dollar figure has swelled to a staggering two billion dollars. Thats right folks, $2,000,000,000.00! You might ask, just how much money is that anyway? Read on.
Lets take the two billion dollars and go shopping. How about a new Mustang compact automobile, a nice little number, brand new, and classy looking. The suggested Canadian retail price on this car is approximately $25,000.00. With two billion bucks we can purchase a whopping 80,000 of these automobiles. Crunch the numbers one more time. Use the New Brunswick capital city of Fredericton as an example. The population of Fredericton is approximately 80,000, so simple arithmetic tells us that we can purchase one of these fine cars for every man, woman, and child who reside there.
An interesting aspect of this two billion dollar waste is that a large part of it comes from the millions of dollars that were squandered in the infamous sponsorship scandal, for which the Liberal government should, but will not be held accountable.
Mr. Harper is on record stating that he would scrap the gun registry. I say, he will not, in exactly the same way that the Liberals stated they would scrap the GST, but of course, never did, because the Canadian electorate has a history of short memories.
This is the time to put some pressure on your member of parliament, tell him or her that you are not prepared to put up with this, and you demand immediate change. That is providing that you took the time to register and vote in the federal election, and if you did not, then you have no right to complain, as by not casting a ballot, you voted for it.