Cap spend­ing on gun registry

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Dear Edi­tor:

I won­der, since the Lib­eral Party of Canada and Scott An­drews, my own MP for the rid­ing of Avalon, has now made Canada ap­pre­cia­bly safer from the rav­ages of hereto­fore law-abid­ing, re­spon­si­ble firearms own­ers such as my­self, by flip-flop­ping on the long gun registry is­sue this past Wed­nes­day; would Mr. An­drews and Mr. Ig­nati­eff be in favour of pass­ing a res­o­lu­tion in the House of Com­mons lim­it­ing the yearly op­er­at­ing bud­get of the Cana­dian Firearms Registry to $4 Mil­lion?

Af­ter all, speak­ing with Mr. An­drews this past week from his Ot­tawa of­fice, he in­formed me that one of the pri­mary rea­sons for his dra­matic change of heart was the fact that the " big money" had al­ready been spent and that the registry now costs less than $4 Mil­lion to run per year. Chief Bill Blair of the Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Po­lice par­roted the same sen­ti­ment in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the C-391 vote.

If what the CACP and the Lib­eral Party has pub­licly claimed is the truth, the RCMP should have no prob­lem op­er­at­ing their use­less registry within that leg­isla­tively capped op­er­at­ing bud­get. Re­mem­ber, they said the registry now costs just $4 mil­lion to run, in­clud­ing salaries, com­put­ers, soft­ware, main­te­nance and util­i­ties per year; de­spite all logic and ev­i­dence to the con­trary. Now let them put tax­pay­ers’ money where their mouths are! No more sup­ple­men­tal bud­get in­creases. No more hid­den trans­fers through other govern­ment de­part­ments like Cus­toms, DFAIT, etc. Just $4 mil­lion tax­pay­ers’ dol­lars to run the registry for the next 12 months and not a penny more! Sean Pen­ney Western Bay

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