Justin Trudeau is accusing the Conservatives of “arrogance” over their intention to burn data collected from the long-gun registry.
Stephen Harper’s Tories introduced legislation last week to scrap the registry, fulfilling a long-held election promise. But a new wrinkle was included in the bill, calling for the records to be destroyed.
If Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to abolish the long-gun registry, the data should be preserved and transferred to Quebec to allow the province to build its own system, Premier Jean Charest says.
“The registry exists. It is there – and those who work with the police tell us that the registry is useful,” Mr. Charest said in the National Assembly. “It is only common sense that the data be preserved and that [Ottawa] work with us to transfer the data.”
For the fifth time in as many years, the Quebec National Assembly on Thursday voted unanimously to condemn abolishing the long-gun registry and voice its opposition to Ottawa’s decision to destroy the database.