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WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Party Official Opposition is calling on the federal Minister of Public Safety, Marco Mendicino, to hold a public meeting or meetings that will include the voices of all Yukoners concerned about proposed federal firearms legislation, including those from rural Yukon, so they can share their views.
On January 19, Minister Mendicino and Liberal MP Brendan Hanley held a roundtable in Whitehorse, but only invited guests were able to attend. Further, public communication of the meeting details, including the opportunity to join online, only went out the night before.
“We have heard from many Yukoners who were upset by the short notice for Minster Mendicino’s Bill C-21 roundtable in Whitehorse last week, and the fact that people who joined online had no chance to speak,” noted Justice Critic Brad Cathers. “Yukoners who attended the meeting spoke unanimously in opposition to Bill C-21 and explained the negative impacts it would have if passed in its current form. Many other members of the public wanted to talk to the Minister and were denied any chance to do so.”
The responsible use of firearms is an important part of the lifestyle, culture, and values of those who live in the Yukon. Many Yukoners depend on the use of firearms for purposes including feeding their families and protecting people and livestock from bears and other potential threats. The Yukon Party supports the responsible ownership and use of firearms.