Letters to the editor: Liberals’ gun law changes ‘all optics, devoid of substance’

National Post readers weigh in on the issues of the day, including proposed changes to Canadian firearm laws, and whether Canada should boycott the Beijing Olympics

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‘Bill C-21 does nothing to address the organized crime behind violence’

Re: Gun owners facing legal complaints can have firearms seized without warrant under new Liberal law, Feb. 16

Like most Canadians, I am alarmed by the growing gun violence plaguing our cities. Bill C-21, the Liberal response, does nothing to address the organized crime behind the violence, allocates paltry funding for addressing socio-economic factors that leave our youth prey to criminal gangs, and makes token efforts to stem the flood of firearms from the United States. The legislation additionally bans airsoft guns, sporting equipment that shoots plastic BBs and is used by thousands of players across Canada. In the face of a serious situation, the government response is all optics but devoid of substance.

Isaac Goldman, Montreal


“We need to attack those acts that stomp on the rights of religious people’

Re: By debasing religion, Canadian intellectuals are playing a dangerous game, Conrad Black, Feb. 19


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I was pleased to see Conrad Black tackle the state of religion in Canada. But I wish he had named some specifics. He failed to mention that doctors and nurses in Ontario and elsewhere have no conscience rights when it comes to euthanasia (a.k.a. medical assistance in dying). Most who are opposed to MAID do so on religious grounds. Then there was the truly awful Trudeau-inspired attack on religion by forcing those requesting government funding for summer job programs to swear out an affidavit that they were pro-abortion. Finally, the very term “secular” has been hijacked. Today secular means no religious influence or participation. Whereas it really means all parties, including religious groups, are part of the conversation. Mr. Black’s column is a start but we need to attack those acts that stomp on the rights of all religious people.

Charles Lewis, Toronto


We’re great, but not the greatest

Re: They’re no Tom Brady: Our leaders keep dropping the ball in the battle against COVID, Harry Rakowski, Feb. 10

For the most part, Harry Rakowski wrote a solid opinion piece on key issues and ideas surrounding Canada’s handling of the pandemic. In closing, though, he lost me by adding, “Canada has the opportunity to be the greatest country in the world.” Please, let some of our southern neighbours stick to their oft-panned world view of America’s place in the world. Canadian’s don’t need to pander to a false sense of superiority with an overstated view of how other countries view us. I suspect that inference to Canadian exceptionalism was what drove his final suggestion, that Canada may never “make it to the Super Bowl.” Sorry, wrong country’s football championship. Let’s just focus on improving how we function as a country and as a people, on our own terms.


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Rob Kokonis, Ancaster, Ont.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau throws a pass as the Saskatchewan Roughriders practise on Parliament Hill in a file photo from Oct. 11, 2016. Photo by Errol McGihon/Postmedia News


Two views on boycotting the 2022 Beijing Olympics

Re: Do athletes really want Olympic medals that have been soaked in blood?, Terry Glavin, Feb. 10; and There is something more important than sports, Letter to the editor, Feb. 18

Just as the boycott of the Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics accomplished nothing other than a retaliatory boycott of the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics, a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Olympics would also achieve nothing useful. An achievable human rights action by Canada would be to fulfil long-outstanding promises to bring drinkable water to our First Nations reserves. Another would be to build safe housing on reserves. Another would be to drop government legal filings opposing the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s September 2019 compensation ruling ordering payment of $40,000 per First Nations child (who since 2006 was inappropriately removed from their home, with the same amount going to their parents or caregiver) arising from its earlier order that Canada has knowingly underfunded on-reserve child welfare. These are human-rights improvements we can achieve as we have control over our own house.

David J. Watt, Toronto

I don’t know why the federal government — or the competitors, for that matter — hesitate about refusing to attend the 2022 Olympic Games in China. If Chinese President Xi Jinping can jail two innocent Canadians without trial for over two years to try to persuade Canada to release Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, without results, then seizing a hundred or so young Canadians with anxious parents should surely do the trick. So thinks Mr. Xi.


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Ban Canadian athletes from attending the Games. Ban the Games from Canadian television. Set an example of both prudence and defiance.

Charles Hooker,  East Garafraxa, Ont.


‘People are clearly not following government rules’

Re: Are lockdowns worth it? Letter to the editor, Feb. 13

Letter writer John P.A. Budreski, arguing against state-mandated lockdowns says: “We are an intelligent and informed nation and without regulatory requirements, the population would surely adopt its own individual protections that would act very much the prescribed government regulations.”

This is a lovely idea except for two things. First, people are clearly not following government rules. Second, what evidence is there that leads the writer to say “surely” they would?

I know of no instance where all people have voluntarily done the right thing. At best, most would, but a considerable fraction would not.

R.P. Woolstencroft, Waterloo, Ont.


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