Gun-control group urges Trudeau to name new minister to advance Liberal promises

Gun-control group urges Trudeau to name new minister to advance Liberal promises

OTTAWA — An influential voice on gun control says it is time for a new cabinet minister to usher in the re-elected Liberal government’s promised firearm measures. In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the group PolySeSouvient calls for the appointment of a minister who “truly supports gun control.” PolySeSouvient has frequently expressed frustration with Liberal efforts to strengthen gun laws, led in recent years by Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief, as public safety minister. The group includes students and graduates of Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, where a gunman killed 14 women in 1989. As Trudeau assembles a new cabinet, PolySeSouvient says any MP who publicly defended Bill C-21, sponsored by Blair earlier this year, “would not be trustworthy” to deliver on gun control. The bill proposed a buyback of recently banned firearms the government considers assault-style weapons, but would have allowed owners to keep them under strict conditions — a feature the group sharply criticized. During the recent election campaign, the Liberals promised to make it mandatory for owners of the banned firearms, which include the Ruger Mini-14 used at Polytechnique, to either sell them back to the government or have them rendered inoperable at federal expense. Trudeau pounced on a Conservative platform promise to scrap the Liberal ban on a wide variety of guns and review the Firearms Act with input from police, gun owners, manufacturers and the public. Tory Leader Erin O’Toole amended the pledge mid-campaign to say outlawed guns would remain banned, but […]

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