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David Smith

The Hon. David P. Smith, P.C., Q.C., B.A. LL.B. Appointed to the Senate by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, Senator David Smith represents Ontario, and has served in the Senate since June 25, 2002.

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Long-Gun Registry

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Statement made on 01 November 2011 by Senator Roméo Dallaire

Hon. Roméo Antonius Dallaire:

Honourable senators, I would like to come back to the Firearms Act, which has caused quite an uproar, not because this legislation has been very costly — although, it has — but rather because of the principle of the legislation.

My father was a hunter and owned rifles. It is up to the government to decide whether to use a different method to control firearms or to keep the existing registry because it is reliable. I understand that hunters have a right to use weapons to hunt, and that they should not be perceived as criminally responsible if their weapons are not registered. However, why does the legislation still allow civilians to purchase military weapons? How can the law still allow people to buy machine guns, weapons that are designed and built specifically to wage war and kill people, just for the simple pleasure of going to a shooting range and firing a military rifle? Anyone who wants to fire a military rifle should join the Canadian Forces.

Why not remove this major source of weapons in this country, weapons that could potentially be used in a dangerous manner?

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10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Art Eggleton | That was supported unanimously in the Senate, so I take it, senator, that you would be willing to now advance this idea to the government.

National Pharmacare

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator James Cowan | My question is: Will this government put National Pharmacare on the agenda?
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