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The sorry spectacle of Canada’s legislative process being hijacked by the gun lobby’s agenda

Not only is Bill C-71 devoid of any bold measures to combat the upward trends of gun-related crime, homicides and suicides, it barely fulfills the Liberal election promises.

Liberal MP John McKay, chair of the Public Safety and National Security Committee, pictured on May 8 leading a committee meeting. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The sorry spectacle of pro-gun interests hijacking the legislative process surrounding Bill C-71 would make the NRA proud. Never did we expect to see the gun lobby’s agenda so pervasively influence the deliberations of the Commons committee charged with reviewing the Liberals’ proposed gun control legislation. As the hearings come to an end, survivors of gun violence and families of victims cannot help but feel a bitter sense of betrayal by a system that is supposed to protect Canadians from preventable gun injury and death.

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