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Justice Minister Washes Hands
Mr. Gerald Keddy (South
Shore, PC): Mr. Speaker, the justice minister is about to wash his
hands of all accountability for the firearms registry. In five weeks the
whole mess will be handed over to the Solicitor General, the next in a
long line of ministers who cannot answer for their predecessors. This is a
major move and must have been the subject of indepth studies before the
decision was made.
Will the Minister of Justice tell exactly how much the transfer will cost
while the Minister of Justice is still able to speak on this matter?
Hon. Martin Cauchon (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of
Canada, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, obviously the hon. member did not look at
the plan of action that the government tabled on Friday.
We saw the report of the Auditor General before Christmas. As well, we
asked consultant Raymond Hession to prepare a report. He has tabled his
We have decided to move ahead with a good plan of action which has been
accepted by the Canadian population and police forces as well. We are
talking about improving program management. We are talking as well about
improving service to the public, engaging stakeholders in discussion and
strengthening accountability and transparency. As well, we will--
The Speaker: The right hon. member for Calgary Centre.