The committee voted 6 to 5 (chair only votes in a tie) to recommend the house to drop the bill. If you want to see the opposition parties’ shenanigans to obstruct the work of the Security committee’s study of this bill, read the minutes linked above. They agreed to let the patron of the bill, Ms Hoppner, speak for one hour to introduce the bill to committee and then prevented her from doing so on the day, for instance. Let us hope the House ignores this advice and passes the bill on third reading to end this boondoggle billion dollar waste of taxpayers’ monies.
For those unaware of the issues, the government of the day in the 1990s forced through Parliament of Canada a bill to require registration of every firearm in Canada as a measure to promote safety. The constitution give regulation of property to the provinces so this undermines the constitution and removed the rights of ordinary folks who use firearms to go about their business. The prime minister at one point publicly stated that it is not a right in Canada to own firearms. Tell that to people who live in bear country. I have taught in places where bears hunt people because they have never seen anything that moves that was not food. I have seen women and children out picking berries packing rifles for protection. I was in a camp where a grizzly came right into a camp of 30 men, women and children, on the tundra, looking for food.
This legislation drove a wedge between rural and urban folk who saw firearms as tools or weapons, between men and women who saw firearms as tools for hunting or murdering and rich and poor who saw the cost of the registration as tiny or large. Folks in the aboriginal communities saw their treaty rights eroded because many could not even pass the tests required to get licences and registrations. The police found the registry useless because half the firearms were never registered and much of the data in the registry was erroneous. Many prosecutions resulted against people caught up in bureaucratic paper-shuffling.
After more than ten years where experience demonstrated repeatedly that the registry was useless and expensive, the current bill is intended to discard the registration of firearms typically used for sporting/hunting purposes. The minority government is not strong enough to push the bill through so it requires cooperation from opposition MPs. Write your MP to let him/her know what you think of the situation.