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PMB will protect persons lawfully engaged in traditional heritage activities

Ottawa - Saskatchewan M.P. Garry Breitkreuz has introduced Private Members’ Bill C-655 which seeks to amend the Criminal Code to make it an offence to interfere with lawful hunting, fishing, trapping or sport shooting in Canada.

These traditional heritage activities have played an integral role in shaping Canada’s social and cultural heritage and make a significant contribution to the national economy. Hunters, anglers, trappers and sport shooters have made important contributions to the understanding, conservation, restoration and management of Canada’s vital fish and wildlife resources.

“As co-chair of the Parliamentary Outdoors Caucus, I recognize the need to protect those Canadians who lawfully hunt, fish, trap or shoot from those who would harass or interfere with these traditional heritage activities,” explained Breitkreuz.

While there is a patchwork of legislation at the provincial and territorial levels, Bill C-655 will harmonize and clarify across Canada the protection of persons pursuing all of these time-honoured activities by placing these offences within the Criminal Code of Canada.

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Canada Summer Jobs progam now accepting applications

It’s time to spread the word about the employer application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2015. This year, applications will be accepted until January 30, 2015. Funding is available to not-for-profit organizations, small businesses and public-sector employers and applies to secondary and post-secondary students.

The Canada Summer Jobs program is part of a larger federal government strategy called YES (Youth Employment Strategy). Our government invests approximately $330 million every year in YES in order to do exactly what the Canada Summer Jobs program has mandated: to help our younger people develop employable skills and gain necessary work experience.

Since the Canada Summer Jobs program began in 2006-2007, it has helped over 304,000 students. Last year, church camps, museums, small businesses and local charitable organizations were among those that benefitted within the federal constituency of Yorkton-Melville. In 2015, the program is expected to create approximately 35,000 jobs.

More information and applications are available at:  Please remember, applications must be submitted by January 30, 2015.

STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS - February 23, 2015

Mr. Garry Breitkreuz, MP Yorkton-Melville:

Mr. Speaker, earlier this month, the civilian review and complaints commissioner for the RCMP finally released his report into the RCMP's handling of the June 2013 flood in High River, Alberta.

Members will recall that both the Canadian military and the RCMP were called upon to undertake a search and rescue operation in response to the devastating flood situation there.

However, long after the town was secured those efforts by the RCMP changed into forcibly entering homes and seizing legally owned firearms and ammunition. The report confirms that hundreds of those firearms were taken without the legal authority to do so.

Back in June of 2013, our government raised the alarm after hearing reports that firearms were being seized by the RCMP. Law-abiding Canadians should never face unlawful search and seizure of their personal property.

The RCMP clearly has a long road ahead of it in restoring the reputation with law-abiding gun owners. Some accountability in light of the report's finding would be a good start.


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  • Column for the week of Feb. 9, 2015 - Opportunities abound to celebrate our Canadian winter climate . . . click here
  • Column for the week of Feb. 2, 2015 - Celebrating Black History Month . . . click here
  • Column for the week of Jan. 26, 2015 - Remembering the Victims of the Holocaust . . . click here
  • Column for the week of Jan. 19, 2015 - Celebrating the Accomplishments of our first Prime Minister . . . click here

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Recent Press Releases
  • News Release: Dec. 9, 2014 - BREITKREUZ SLAMS MULCAIR’S GUN REGISTRY MUSINGS . . . click here
  • News Release: Oct. 8, 2014 - BRINGING SOME COMMON SENSE TO CANADA’S FIREARMS LAW . . . click here
  • News Release: July 25, 2014 - BRINGING COMMON SENSE TO FIREARMS LICENSING . . . click here

- Additional news releases

Recent News Items
  • SCI News Release: Feb. 10, 2014 - BREITKREUZ NAMED INTERNATIONAL LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR . . . click here
  • News Release: Oct. 9, 2013 - Harper Government and Government of Saskatchewan invest in new cancer treatment technologies . . . click here
  • Sask Ag & Food News Release: May 30, 2013 - CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD MAY 21 TO 27, 2013 . . . click here

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Parliamentary Items of Interest
  • Statement: Feb. 23, 2015 - Mr. Speaker, earlier this month, the civilian review and complaints commissioner for the RCMP finally released his report into the RCMP's handling of the June 2013 flood in High River, Alberta . . . click here
  • Statement: Dec. 8, 2014 - Mr. Speaker, in speaking of Canada, parliamentarians increasingly include the caveat “from coast to coast to coast”. That was not always the case. Prior to the 1950s, Canadians knew very little about our Arctic coastlines. What we did know was derived from sketched maps and journals created by explorers.
  • Statement: April 7, 2014 - Mr. Speaker, it is with mixed emotions today that I rise in this House to officially announce that I will not be seeking re-election in 2015 . . . click here

- Additional items of interest