Ralph Goodale plans to “increase gun safety and reduce gun violence”

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale writes letter on on 27th anniversary of Polytechnique massacre, is “developing [a] detailed plan” to “increase gun safety and reduce gun violence”

 

In a letter to Public Safety portfolio employees, Safety Minister Ralph Goodale declared that he and Public Safety Canada are “developing [a] detailed plan needed to deliver on [their] commitments to increase gun safety and reduce gun violence.”

According to the letter, which was made public on Public Safety Canada’s website, part of this plan is to reconstitute a firearms advisory committee that is supposedly to include experts in law enforcement, public health, agriculture, hunting, and recreation.

Of note, however, was also the inclusion of experts from “women’s groups” – something that has been questioned by members the firearms industry who contend that emotion should not be used to undermine facts when determining federal policies and legislation.

It is clear that the current government is intent on fulfilling its election platform on the issue of gun control, but exactly how they plan to achieve their goal remains to be seen.

The announcement comes on the 27th anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre where 25-year-old Marc Lépine shot and stabbed 14 women and wounded 14 others before taking his own life at the Montréal engineering school in December of 1989.

The event has been used as a regular talking point for many gun control advocacy groups, notably the Coalition for Gun Control lead by outspoken busybody Wendy Cukier, and was a major factor for the ushering in of Bill C-68, more widely known as the Firearms Act, by Jean Chretien’s  Liberal government in 1995 thus defining Canadian gun laws as we know them today.