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Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair, pictured speaking to reporters in Ottawa in March, was tasked with consulting on banning certain types of firearms and was met with staunch opposition from gun advocates. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Despite majority support for a Canadian handgun ban, the politics of doing so may remain insurmountable

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals promised in 2015 to take handguns and assault weapons ‘off our streets,’ but have made only limited progress in the face of strong opposition.
If the Liberal government truly believes that the legal availability of assault weapons puts the public at risk, then why not enact measures that are available to them right now, while they are still in power?
Senators have proposed dozens of changes to the Liberals' impact assessment and gun bills, have concerns about its solitary confinement legislation, and recommended its tanker-ban bill not proceed.
Opinion|Alex Neve
With only five sitting weeks to go, Parliamentarians face high expectations on bills on Indigenous languages and rights, environmental protection, and more.
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A Senate committee has raised number of questions about the bill, and they merit serious responses.
The Senate’s Conservative whip says his party isn’t interested in obstructing Bill C-59 as it moves through the Red Chamber.
The National Security and Defence Committee stripped away key elements of Bill C-71, which sponsor Sen. André Pratte says he hopes will be restored before the Chamber’s final vote.
My fear is the bill will encourage the worst elements of Quebec society to attack Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish citizens.
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.
Governments have the chance to show that they can regulate controlled substances according to principles of public health and safety rather than by reflecting stigma or trying to maximize revenue generation.
The feds haven’t done enough to rein in the black market or mount strong public education campaigns.
The federal government attributes issues with the new legal cannabis supply chain to local problems with distribution and retail.
Minister Bill Blair talks about the federal government's goals for cannabis policy in 2019, draft regulations on edibles, privacy concerns, and expungement.
The government hasn’t put enough effort into public-education campaigns, and won’t push for more stringent employer drug-testing. That puts Canadians at risk.
FCM is calling for federal leadership to ensure municipalities have the financial tools to fully put in place federal cannabis policy.
By legalizing, strictly regulating, and restricting access to cannabis, we are better protecting the health and safety of Canadians and seeking to displace the illegal market.
Like any other business venture, criminal groups, far from being eradicated, learn and adapt.
If caught, an intoxicated Canadian could have their licence suspended and pay a fine, but a permanent resident could face deportation.
The Conservative Party said it’s offered two names—one several months ago—to fill its spots on the National Security and Intelligence Committee, but hasn’t heard back from the government.
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