Paul Champ says the government’s new counter-terrorism strategy means protesters and activists could be put under wider surveillance through the provisions of Bill C-30.
But NDP MP Joe Comartin says the Conservatives are trying to portray Public Safety Minister Vic Toews as a victim to deflect attention away from Bill C-30.
MPs want to limit the government’s power to use time allocation, and closed-door Commons committee meetings, and want to breathe new life into the rules of the game.
Gun owners want all aspects of the 1995 law repealed, say opposition MPs.
Government House Leader Peter Van Loan says opposition parties want to delay legislation they oppose with amendment procedures and other motions. He argues that without time limits, Parliament would be locked in U.S.-style legislative 'gridlock.'
The NDP is pushing to limit the government’s control over time allocation and in-camera House of Commons committees.
RCMP says Public Safety Minister Vic Toews received Commissioner's report on long-gun registry Dec. 16. Mr. Toews' office says it wasn't until Dec. 20. The government tabled it in the House in mid-January.
But opposition parties say they expect the majority governing Conservatives to bring down the hammer on bills and debates, again.
'I cannot comment on any specific matter that may be before the courts, however we will not support the creation of a backdoor long-gun registry,' says Michael Patton, communications director for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.
Government House Leader Peter Van Loan says the government has a clear set of priorities and is focused delivering results.
'With the Wheat Board it’s farmers. With their Reform Party roots you would think they were in favour of going back to the grassroots to seek their opinions, but suddenly with a majority government all that has disappeared,' says University of Ottawa professor Errol Mendes.
This contradicts what prominent anti-registry spokesmen and the government were saying as late as this week.
Angela O’Leary also criticized Duncan’s scrutiny of $92-million over five years when for two-day G8 summit, the government spent $50-million.
Conservative MP John Williamson said all politicians have the right to attend commemorative events for the shootings.