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Conservative Sen. Don Plett, left, moved a slew of amendments to Bill C-71 that the sponsor, Independent Sen. André Pratte, right, says gut the Liberals' gun legislation. The Hill Times file photograph, and by Andrew Meade

Senate committee blows holes in Liberal gun bill

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.
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