PARLIAMENT HILL—A Montreal survivors’ group created after the 1989 shooting massacre of female engineering students at Ecole Polytechnique has endorsed the Liberal Party for its platform measures on gun control, while condemning the NDP for failing even to include references to firearms control and gun safety in its election platform. PolyRemembers—while acknowledging that the Liberal Party election platform includes a promise that Justin Trudeau and a Liberal government would not establish a new national long-gun registry that the Conservative government dismantled under highly controversial circumstances—said Thursday the Liberals offer the “best prospect” for re-establishing a host of other measures Prime Minister Harper and his government introduced to lower control thresholds for other aspects of the firearms industry. Heidi Rahjen, an Ecole Polytechnique graduate and coordinator of PolyRemembers, called the absence of NDP election references to gun control “clearly disappointing, given the party’s historical support for the range of measures needed to ensure effective gun control.” “The lack of a clear NDP position on gun control is distressing,” Ms. Rathjen said in a statement from PolyRemembers. Nathalile Provost, a graduate of the Montreal engineering college and also a spokesperson for PolyRemembers, said mass shootings that occur regularly in the U.S., 47 school shootings so far in 2015 alone, should remind Canadian voters of a need for heightened gun safety following what the group described as a “weakening” of gun laws under the Conservatives. “Even though we are talking about reasonable controls for extremely dangerous objects, it is fair to say that the Liberal Party’s stand on gun control is commendable and courageous,” Ms. Provost stated in the joint statement released by PolyRemembers. “The Liberals have put forward important measures to effectively strengthen our debilitated gun laws, measures that will undoubtedly provoke the ire of the gun lobby,” she said. Ms. Provost cited the Liberal Party’s promises to reinstate measures that were weakened or eliminated by the Conservatives, except the long gun registry, The Liberal promises include repeal of Conservative amendments to the Firearms Act that expanded the ability of those who own restricted firearms to transport them without getting a special permit to go to individual gun clubs or shooting ranges. Under the changes, transport permits that are issued must cover transport to any of the approved gun clubs or shooting ranges in the province of residence. When a licence is renewed, the transport authorization is automatically included for transporting the gun to any of the approved clubs or ranges in the province of residence. The Liberals also promise to reinstate a requirement that vendors of non-restricted firearms, such as rifles and shotguns, must demand proof the buyer has an acquisition licence and keep records of inventory and sales for possible police investigations. The Conservative government passed Firearms Act amendments in 2012 that stated simply the buyer of a non-restricted firearm must have an acquisition licence and the vendor—or transferor, as the legislation put it to cover simply just giving someone a rifle or shotgun—has "no reason to believe" the buyer or person who is acquiring the firearm does not have a valid licence. There is no requirement for the vendor to confirm that the buyer has a gun ownership and acquisition licence. The law says only that the vendor may ask a firearms registrar to confirm the buyer has a valid licence and that the registrar cannot keep a record of the vendor's request. A Liberal government would also devote $100-million a year to programs that would remove illegal guns from Canadian city streets and reduce gang violence. “The Liberal Party would reverse almost all the damage wrought by Conservatives over the last 10 year—that is, they would reinstate all the measures that were weakened or eliminated by the Harper government except for the long-gun registry,” said Ms. Provost. “In short, the election platforms of Justin Trudeau's party represent the best prospects of fixing a large part of the damage to our gun control laws inflicted by the Harper government,” Ms. Provost said. Mr. Trudeau’s created significant ripples and ruffled feathers among former Liberal government members during his campaign for the party leadership, when he said the long gun registry Jean Chretien’s government established in 1995 was a costly failure. Mr. Trudeau made the statement in Hawkesbury, Ont., as he launched his campaign, in one of the rural electoral districts the Liberals as well as the NDP lost in 2011 as voters in those areas were lured to support Mr. Harper by his promise to dismantle the registry. Although the government of Quebec went to court, unsuccessfully, in an attempt to salvage Quebec firearms data from the federal registry, the gun registry was as unpopular in rural regions of the province as it was in the rest of farm and hunting territory. firstname.lastname@example.org The Hill Times Editor’s note: This update corrects the original version to clarify that the Conservative government amended sections of the Firearms Act, not the Criminal Code, in reference to firearms transport permits, and provides more detail on the elimination of proof-of-licence requirements during the sale or transfer of non-restricted firearms.