Montreal, June 10, 2007 • No 229




Pierre Lemieux is an economist and author.




by Pierre Lemieux


          Against the criminals who govern us, the battle is never won. Criminals? Well, tell me, who besides a criminal or a tyrant has any interest in my not having guns? Every five years, a Canadian who has legally registered firearms must renew the license that allows him to legally keep his registered guns. Otherwise he is guilty of a crime liable to up to 10 years in jail if he keeps his guns (which I intend to do). You need a permission to do something that, if not done, is a crime that may land you in jail. The renewal process involves filling form 979, which is somewhat less contemptible than the form required for first-time gun owners, but is still unacceptable for a free man.

          So, I am waging a dignity battle similar to the one I waged in 2001 (and, in fact, in 1996), but with some new twists. I again refused to answer one of the obscene questions on my love life, telling them that my love affairs are none of their business. On May 30, I sent a registered package to the Prime Minister of Canada with the application form, a cover letter, and three pages of my Confessions d'un coureur des bois hors-la-loi which I cite in my numerous comments on the form. Here is the whole, uncensored package (except for the prisoner's photograph that the humble subject must also submit): 1) the covering letter in French or English (for a copy, please see below), 2) filled-in Form 979, and 3) the three-page excerpt from my book.

          Please note that, as I tell the Prime Minister, I am ashamed not to be part of the group of Canadian heroes who resist by simply refusing to obtain or renew licences. Will this change soon?


                                                                                                                          May 30, 2007

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister
Government of Canada
80 Wellington St.
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0A2

Mr. Prime Minister,

          Please find attached "my" Application for Renewal of a Firearms Licence for an Individual (form 979). I would like to suggest that you should enforce your own "laws" (so-called) yourself.

          You will note that, as a proud descendent of the disobedient French Canadian coureurs des bois (such as Pierre-Esprit Radisson and Médard Chouart Des Groseillers), I have not answered one of the form's indiscreet and obscene questions. I answered that my love affairs are none of your business. I did this in 1996 and 2001, too. It will be interesting to see if, with the new self-righteousness that you have apparently encouraged, your praetorians will accept it as they have the last two times.

          Please note also that I have added to the form some reading suggestions and other educational enhancements.

          I am a bit ashamed not to be part of the group of Canadian heroes who simply refuse any participation in your licensing system which is an insult to our traditional liberties.


Pierre Lemieux