Toronto Star

Shooting survivors urge voters not to pick Tories

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MONTREAL—Survivors and families of victims of the 2006 Dawson College shooting in Montreal are marking the 15th anniversar­y of the tragedy on Monday by urging Canadians to think twice before voting for the federal Conservati­ves.

“We need you to not vote Conservati­ve,” said Kathlene Dixon, whose daughter, Meaghan Hennegan, was shot twice in the attack and survived. “We need you to vote Liberal, or if you live in Quebec, to vote Liberal or Bloc Québécois,” she said in a news release.

The release says the Dawson killer was the legal owner of a handgun and a Beretta CX4 Storm with a legal 10-bullet magazine. The weapons were used to take the life of 18-yearold Anastasia De Sousa and injure 16 others at the Montreal junior college.

The Beretta the Dawson shooter used was among 1,500 makes of semi-automatic firearms that were banned following a May 1, 2020, Liberal cabinet order.

The Conservati­ve party platform initially included a section about repealing the ban. That section, however, has been amended since it was released. Conservati­ve Leader Erin O’Toole has said his party would maintain the Liberal cabinet order and that “all firearms that are currently banned will remain banned.”

Hayder Kadhim, who was shot at Dawson College in 2006, said a vote for the Conservati­ves is a vote for the gun lobby. “If you care about your safety, about the safety of future generation­s, if you don’t want the gun lobby hijacking our laws like they do in the United States, then please don’t vote for the party that is beholden to the gun lobby.”

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