Canadia Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a step that would likely have sparked a civil war here in the United States. He unilaterally banned an entire category of guns with, basically, a stroke of his pen.
While Americans would have kicked off the Boogaloo with a stunt like that, Canadians are far more chill about having their rights stripped from them for some reason. Instead, they gripe and resist through the legal system, but they’re not likely to get that rowdy over it.
However, it seems that the government that jumped at the chance to strip people of their lawfully-purchased property can’t find anyone to actually create the program to do the stripping.
Despite the millions of dollars that a contractor stands to earn, the federal government is struggling to find private sector entities interested in providing the services needed to carry out its confiscation program. The initial solicitation seeking bidders on the contract for the “design and implementation of a potential buyback program for recently prohibited firearms,” posted in August, was unsuccessful.
A second public tender notice, Compensation Model and Program Design Options for a Potential Buyback Program for Recently Prohibited Firearms (202101502-1), was posted on October 16. As was the case with the initial solicitation, the notice lists 15 entities that were invited to submit bids, but adds that other interested parties could secure an invitation to bid on request. The invitees included Ernst & Young LLP, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, IBM Canada Limited/IBM Canada Limitée, and others.
This tender solicitation expired in November without attracting a successful bidder.
The tender notice contains what appears to be a tacit acknowledgement that the project is already off the rails. Besides the curious reference to “potential buyback” in both notices, the most recent notice states that the planning and design phase, “Phase One,” was to run from the date the contract was awarded until March 31, 2021. The successful bidder would grant the government an “irrevocable option” to acquire its services for “Phase Two,” the actual implementation stage, “for up to one additional two-year period under the same conditions.” Given that the amnesty period expires in 16 months, the framing of the implementation period as continuing well beyond April 2022 suggests that the original timeline has been abandoned.
Indeed, with no private corporation apparently willing to be associated with Trudeau’s toxic confiscation of property from farmers, hunters, sport shooters and other law abiding citizens, the entire project is beginning to look more than a little shaky.
This makes me giggle.
See, if there’s no program in place, there simply can’t be a buyback, and if Trudeau’s government decided to jump before it had a plan in place, well, whose fault is that? No one is required to bid on a government contract, after all.
Trudeau managed to screw the proverbial pooch here so badly, it’s outright hilarious.
What’s not funny, though, is that there’s still a very real threat to the gun rights of millions of Canadian gun owners. It’s also not funny that Joe Biden wants to do the same thing here within our own borders.
It’s time to dig in and get ready to fight.