|These comments are direct quotations from the Hansard
Billion Dollar Failure
Mr. Howard Hilstrom
(Selkirk—Interlake, Canadian Alliance): Mr. Speaker, the Prime
Minister's attempt to force every Canadian to register their rifles and
shotguns has been a dismal billion dollar failure.
Canadians living in Nunavut have a court order saying that they do not
have to register their firearms. First nations people have said they will
not register as it is against their treaty rights. Hundreds of thousands
of law-abiding Canadians have not registered as of January 1 and have
sworn that they never will.
My question is for the Prime Minister. Instead of forcing firearms
registration on some Canadians and not on others, why does he not treat
everyone equally and repeal the gun registration law?
Hon. Martin Cauchon (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of
Canada, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the member should come on side with the
government and talk about Canadian values and public safety as well.
In terms of numbers, I must mention in the House that 1.9 million owners'
licences have been issued, 6 million guns registered, 9,000 licences
revoked or refused to potentially dangerous individuals, and police forces
are using the registry 2,000 times per day.
We are talking about values. The government is firmly committed to keep
proceeding with gun control and this is exactly what we will do.