ITK President Urges Arctic MPs to Vote Against Gun Registry Supplementary Estimate
OTTAWA – Thursday, December 5, 2002 – The President of the National Inuit Association has written to the four Members of Parliament with ridings in the Inuit regions in the Arctic to vote against the request for a $72-million Supplementary Estimate for the Canadian Firearms Program from the Department of Justice. The MPs are Nancy Karetak-Lindell (Liberal, Nunavut), Lawrence O’Brien (Liberal, Labrador), Guy St-Julien (Liberal, Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik), and Ethyl Blondin-Andrew (Liberal, Western Arctic).
The contents of the letter state:
I am writing on an urgent manner, asking that on behalf of the Inuit of Canada, you vote against any funding matters or motions that will continue to support the gun control legislation and registration.
ITK’s position on this matter is clear and its impact on Inuit. We view today’s vote in the Commons as a “second chance” to defeat legislation that from the beginning, has caused difficulty for the Inuit of Canada.
My request is not made lightly and I realise it may place you at strong odds with your party and leader.
However be assured if you take a stand against this gun control legislation, now and the motion in Parliament ITK and myself will stand firmly behind you.
Director of Communications
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Tel: (613) 238-8181