Quebec Superior Court Judge ignores Harper government's move to scrap
PETERBOROUGH, ON, Sept. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Federation of
Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is profoundly disappointed that the decision
rendered earlier this week by Justice Marc-André Blanchard undermines
federal legislation to scrap the badly flawed long gun registry and
associated records. As a result, the federal government is required to
hand over all records on Quebec-owned guns to the provincial government
within 30 days. This permanent injunction solidifies the temporary one
granted back in April, the same day the bill to end the long gun
registry came into law.
"After the ineffective registry was abolished, the Harper government
went a step further and closed a loophole that could have potentially
left the door open for the creation of a provincial long gun registry
in the future," said OFAH Manager of Government Affairs and Policy Greg
Farrant. "Justice Blanchard's decision is an affront to parliamentary
democracy and conveniently ignores a decision by the Supreme Court of
Canada (SCC), which found that the matter lies entirely within the
jurisdiction of the federal parliament."
The OFAH, along with colleagues in the firearms community across Canada,
spent years working with the Harper government to bring Bill C-19, An
Act to Amend the Criminal Code and Firearms Act, to fruition. The
creation of the long gun registry by a previous Liberal government was
a flawed paper trail that tracked trained, legal, licensed firearms
owners. It never addressed the real problem, failed miserably as a tool
to prevent random violent crime, did nothing to enhance public safety
and ignored the fact that criminals don't register guns.
"The vote in the House of Commons made the will of Parliament very clear
but Justice Blanchard ignored the intentions of this democratically
elected legislative body. Instead of interpreting the law he has chosen
to make the law and we have every expectation that the federal
government will appeal the decision," said Farrant.
With over 100,000 members, supporters and subscribers, and 675 member
clubs, the OFAH is the largest nonprofit fish and wildlife based
conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the VOICE of anglers
and hunters. Visit www.ofah.org or follow the OFAH on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.
SOURCE: Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters
For further information:
Manager of Government Affairs & Policy
705-748-6324 ext 236
Manager of Communications
705-748-6324 ext 270