|These comments are direct quotations from the Hansard
Government Hires Lobbyists
Mr. Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton—Melville,
Canadian Alliance): Mr. Speaker, yesterday the fourth minister of the
firearms fiasco maintained his government's track record of keeping
Parliament in the dark. It is clear from his feeble responses that even he
does not know how much the gun registry has cost so far.
Newspapers reported that shortly after the government gave $380,000 to the
Coalition for Gun Control, it went out and hired two paid lobbyists to
lobby the government to spend even more on the billion dollar gun
Why is the government using tax dollars to make it look like it has more
support for its fiasco than it really does?
Hon. Wayne Easter (Solicitor General of Canada, Lib.): Mr. Speaker,
I know the member for Yorkton--Melville has done a lot of research into
the gun control issue. I know he has a certain mindset and it is all
negative toward trying to make the streets and communities safer.
However it amazes me that with all the research he has done that he would
be so much in the dark as to the benefits of this program and to the
efficiencies we are trying to bring into the program with the passage of
the bill yesterday.
Mr. Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton—Melville, Canadian Alliance): Mr.
Speaker, I have had to put in over 260 access to information requests to
try to piece together this stupid fiasco the government is pushing on us.
That is not open and accountable government. That is keeping Canadians in
I would like the minister to answer the two questions that I posed to him
yesterday and that he ducked. How can he justify funding the Coalition for
Gun Control to the tune of almost $400,000 and at the same time cut
$65,000 from an effective firearms safety training program? How many more
types of guns did he promise the coalition he was going to ban?
Hon. Wayne Easter (Malpeque, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, what is really
interesting about the member for Yorkton--Melville is that he only tells
the Canadian public and the House half the story.
The fact of the matter is what access to information should have told the
hon. member, and I assume it may have, is that the contract for safety
training was for one year. It was worked out with the province of
Saskatchewan. Those people did a good job of training individuals on the
gun safety program.