Skip to comments.Quebec files legal salvo against destruction of federal gun registry records(Canada)
Posted on 04/03/2012 12:37:34 PM PDT by marktwain
QUEBECWith the clock ticking down on the federal long-gun registry, the Quebec government has taken legal action to save its data.
The province announced Tuesday that it has filed a motion in Quebec Superior Court to block the federal government from destroying the registry information.
The Quebec government says it wants to maintain its own registry with its share of the records but cant do it if the feds destroy the data, as promised, once its anti-registry bill becomes law.
Time is running out. The legislation is on the verge of being adopted in the Senate. So Quebec, as expected, is heading to court.
The federal government turned a deaf ear to the repeated demands of Quebec with respect to the full preservation of the firearms registry, Quebec Justice Minister Jean-Marc Fournier said in a statement.
It then refused to heed our request to transfer to Quebec the records ... for its citizens. We therefore have no other choice but to resort to the courts.
Quebec argues that the destruction of records is unconstitutional. It says that, in a federation, one level of government does not have the right to intentionally undermine the public policy choices of another.
The issue is particularly emotional in Quebec. The registry was the result of an intense lobbying campaign in the wake of the Polytechnique massacre, where 14 female students were gunned down in 1989 with a hunting rifle.
But detractors of the registry have long called it wasteful, and useless as a deterrent to crime.
The federal government has offered a variety of explanations for why it cant transfer the Quebec data to the provincial government.
It has cited concerns about the accuracy of what it calls out-of-date records. Finally, the Harper Tories have said they simply dont want a future federal government to use the records to revive the registry and described their refusal as a matter of principle.
Canada is looking better and better. Harper is certainly looking much better than Presiden Obama.
The crime mentioned would not have been prevented by the registry. No crimes were solved with the two billion dollar registry.
As you stated, the Polytechnique massacre would not have been prevented by the registry. What allowed it to occur was the abject cowardice of the male students who obediently filed out of the room and stood by cowering in the hallway while listening to the shooter murdering the women. If only a few of them had rushed the shooter they could have easily taken him down. We have raised a generation of wussified cowards who don't deserve to be called men.