A 12-member Senate committee, composed of five Conservatives and at least one unaffiliated Senator who, like the Tories, has criticized Bill C-71, means some of those Conservative changes could make it through to the Upper Chamber as a whole.
Members of the Senate’s National Security and Defence Committee including, left, Conservative Don Plett, and Independents Gwen Boniface, centre, and André Pratte, right, are expecting a lively debate over the Liberals’ firearms legislation, Bill C-71. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, file photographs
The Liberals’ firearms legislation is going to get a rough ride in the Upper Chamber, according to the Conservative Senate critic, who says the opposition is planning a set of amendments to “gut” Bill C-71.
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