In the final round of witness hearings for Bill C-19, women’s groups against violence squared off with Conservative MPs, gun owners, hunters and the most prominent university expert who has fought against the registry since its inception, each side battling with conflicting statistics to make their case.
Registrar of Firearms must not 'retain any record' of inquiries into licence confirmation under Bill C-19, even though the law requires that sellers ensure buyers have valid gun ownership licenses. This could prevent anyone from being prosecuted under the Firearms Act. 'It's crazy,' says NDP MP Joe Comartin.
Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault says destroying records could contravene 'spirit and letter' of Access to Information law and Library and Archives Canada Act.
House Affairs Committee should work overtime to get Fair Representation Bill through Parliament, says Tory MP Scott Reid.
'This puts the mock in democracy,' says NDP MP Jack Harris about the Conservation manoeuvre
House Leader Peter Van Loan says he doesn’t expect omnibus crime bill, long-gun registry, and copyright bills to pass before Christmas break.
PM Stephen Harper and other Tory leadership candidates should say who funded their campaigns before the rules were changed, say opposition MPs.
What’s the hurry? Opposition parties want to know why the feds are in such a rush to move bills and cut off debate with majority.
But expert Ned Franks also says the feds should bring the bill in sooner rather than later. Otherwise, the Tories will be accused of gerrymandering seats.
The last time the Copyright Act underwent significant amendments was in 1997.
The legislation will add an expected 30 seats to the current 308 in the House.
NDP and Grits call feds’ use of closure twice in less than two weeks an ‘abuse of Parliamentary process.’
NDP says governing Conservatives playing to their base support on criminal justice reforms.
Meanwhile, the NDP say Tories are trying to reverse 40 years of criminal justice system with omnibus crime bill.
New Dems, Libs plan to challenge feds on job creation, crime bill while jockeying to expand political support.