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Statement made on 06 May 2010 by Senator Joan Fraser

Hon. Joan Fraser:

Honourable senators, my question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Today in Ottawa, we heard from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Police Association and the Canadian Association of Police Boards. We also heard from the victims and families of victims of the shooting at École Polytechnique, in which 14 women were killed in 1989. These two groups that are different in many ways have a single purpose — to plead for the maintenance of the long-gun registry.

The present government, to its honour, has stressed that it wishes to help victims of crime. It also talks regularly about being tough on crime and supporting police; and yet, it seems hell bent on abolishing the long-gun registry. Why?

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