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Mr. John Maloney
(ErieŚLincoln, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the House has been seized with
the issue of gun control and public safety for some time now.
Following the report of the Auditor General and given the concerns
expressed over cost, are there any measures that can be introduced to
reduce these costs while maintaining the high level of public safety that
Canadians currently receive?
Hon. Martin Cauchon (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of
Canada, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for
that very important question. As everyone knows, at the beginning of the
week, reports were tabled with regard to the situation in the gun control
program. If we look at Mr. Hession's report, for example, there are 16
recommendations that will have to be taken into consideration to prepare
our plan of action.
One thing that is very important as a first step is the implementation of
the amendment of Bill C-10A. Bill C-10A would streamline the process and
at the same time would reduce the cost of the program. I need the support
of the House because we believe in public safety.