The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) continues its campaign to stop Bill C-391, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act and is coordinating a focused lobbying effort that starts at the beginning of March and runs for the next few months. The goal is to work through CLC affiliates and their members to put pressure each week on two identified MPs who voted for Bill C-391 last fall, one Conservative and one Opposition member. Union members, especially constituents, are asked to contact the designated MPs by email, letter, phone calls, and where possible, in person.
Lobbying will centre on one particular issue at a time with a total of five different messages overall. The first will be on preventing violence against women and coincide with International Women's Day (IWD). The CLC statement for IWD also concentrates on Bill C-391. Later topics concern worker safety, crime prevention and safer communities, safety and security for gun owners and comparing the gun registry to registering cars.
The campaign is called Wrong Move! Scrapping Canada's long gun registry is the wrong thing to do. Fact sheets are now posted on the CLC website at www.canadianlabour.ca/action-center/keep-our-communities-safe. Each week, the Action Centre will also feature a direct link for sending emails to the designated government and opposition MPs. This link can be found at: www.canadianlabour.ca/action-center. All materials are also available on the CLC website in French.
A fact sheet on Bill C-391 and a Priority MPs for the Gun Registry Lobby list are attached below.
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