MP An­der­son con­demns the con­sul­ta­tion process for Lib­er­als’ pro­posed gun ban

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David An­der­son, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Cy­press Hills— Grass­lands, has con­demned the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment’s con­sul­ta­tion process for their pro­posed ban on hand­guns and what they call “as­sault weapons.”

“The Lib­eral gov­ern­ment is propos­ing to ban hand­guns and some ri­fles with­out jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, said An­der­son. “While fail­ing to ad­dress gang and gun crime, this gov­ern­ment is choos­ing once again to gang up on le­git­i­mate firearm own­ers.”

The Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety’s Di­a­logue on Hand­guns and As­sault Weapons al­lows Cana­di­ans only one month to com­ment on the pro­posed ban. On­line con­sul­ta­tions will close on Novem­ber 10.

“The Lib­er­als claim they are con­sult­ing Cana­di­ans, but ru­ral Canada and my con­stituents are com­pletely ig­nored,” said An­der­son. “Le­gal firearm us­age is a big­ger is­sue in ru­ral ar­eas than ur­ban ar­eas, yet there is no di­rect con­sul­ta­tion in any ru­ral ar­eas at all.”

The only in-per­son con­sul­ta­tions on the pro­posed gun ban will oc­cur in Van­cou­ver, Mon­treal, Toronto, and Monc­ton. There are none planned for res­i­dents of Cy­press Hills—Grass­lands.

“It is also prob­lem­atic that the on­line con­sul­ta­tion al­lows for mul­ti­ple en­tries, which will in­evitably lead to in­ac­cu­ra­cies in the re­sults,” added An­der­son.

“This isn’t a proper con­sul­ta­tion. It is a stacked deck. It is a joke and needs to be stopped un­til it can be done with­out manipulation. This gov­ern­ment is out of touch and is try­ing to pit one com­mu­nity against an­other. They spe­cial­ize in di­vid­ing Cana­di­ans. This is just one more ex­am­ple,” he con­cluded.

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