The Conservative government is making no apologies for the delay in releasing a report praising the long-gun registry, even as a vote on a bill to kill it nears in the House of Commons next month.
“Canadians don’t need another report to know that the long-gun registry is very efficient at harassing law-abiding farmers and outdoors enthusiasts, while wasting billions of taxpayer dollars,” a spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told the Star Tuesday.
“They don’t need another report to know that the registry does nothing to prevent crime,” the spokesperson added, echoing the Conservative government’s staunch opposition to the registry, which costs $4 million a year to run.
And opposition critics say the government is prepared to sit on the Canadian firearms program evaluation report until after the vote so Canadians won’t be able to see the value in keeping the program.
“The government’s position is never let the facts get in the way of ideology,” Liberal MP Mark Holland (Ajax Pickering) told the Star.
Senior deputy RCMP commissioner Bill Sweeney told the Commons’ public safety committee in May that the report “was extremely positive” and should be released, Holland said.
A braver government. One certain of the justness of it's policy. One with the facts on it's side would hurry to release this report. This group of Kim Jong Il wanna-bes? Well you know.