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Letter to Constituents, Week of May 3, 2021.

Dear Constituents,


It’s been a busy week in the House of Commons, where the Conservative Party has been holding this Liberal government to account on the cover-up of sexual misconduct allegations in the military, as well as their failures to procure vaccines for Canadians.


Standing up for Law-Abiding Firearms Owners

I’ve been asking why this Liberal government is moving to confiscate legally-purchased firearms from hunters and sport shooters, even as they oppose tougher sentences for real criminals.


We know the Liberals aren’t serious about cracking down on crime. Not only did they vote against a Conservative Bill to impose harsher sentences on criminals caught with smuggled guns – they actually introduced a bill allowing lighter sentences for people convicted of serious gun crimes!


It sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. In February, the Liberal government introduced a bill removing mandatory minimum sentences for crimes like weapons trafficking, using a firearm in commission of an offence, possession of a loaded handgun, illegally firing a weapon with intent, robbery with a firearm, extortion with a firearm, and more.

On Monday in the House of Commons, I once again asked whether this government will take real measures to fight real crime, instead of targeting law-abiding hunters and sport shooters.


The Liberal answer relied heavily on vague language about “military style” and “assault style” firearms – terms the Liberal government has yet to provide an actual legal definition for. This is the reason why many guns used for hunting and sport shooting have ended up on the Liberals’ banned lists.


Conservatives have a plan to actually keep Canadians safe from violent crime. That plan includes strengthening anti-gun and anti-gang units, supporting the CBSA in cracking down on cross-border smuggling, support for mental health initiatives, and real consequences for real criminals.


Firearms are part of our way of life in Northern Ontario, where residents responsibly use guns for hunting and sport shooting. I will always defend this way of life, and the rights of all law-abiding Canadians.


Demanding Action on Vaccines

Canadians are facing another summer of restrictions thanks to the Trudeau government's failure to procure vaccines. On Thursday, we presented a motion calling on the government to ensure all adult Canadians have access to the vaccine by the May long weekend.


Canadians have waited too long to get their lives back.


Support for Mental Health

On Wednesday, I made a statement in the House of Commons about the urgent need to address mental health. This past year has shown the extent of Canada’s mental health crisis, and action needs to be taken now.


Canada’s Conservatives have a plan to help all Canadians access the supports they need, including boosting mental health funding to the provinces and territories, incentivizing employers to provide mental health benefits, and creating a national 3-digit suicide hotline.


Working for You

As always, if there is anything my office can assist you with, or if you would like to arrange a meeting, please call me at 807-223-2182 (Dryden) or 807-468-2170 (Kenora), or contact me by email at eric.melillo@parl.gc.ca.


Sincerely,


Eric Melillo

Member of Parliament

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