Conservative lawmakers squabble with security minister and Alberta over gun confiscation program

A Conservative MP has criticized Federal Security Minister Marco Mendicino for his comments that the Alberta government was “reckless” and engaged in a “political stunt” to push back the Liberal Party’s gun confiscation plan. increase.

and Twitter post On October 2nd, Dan Albus was involved in a firearms confiscation dispute between Mendicino and Alberta. After the minister accused state justice minister and Attorney General Tyler he accused Shandro of “implied that the RCMP would not enforce federal law.”

“This is the same minister who claimed that law enforcement requested the activation of the emergency law. He claimed that he requested the activation of the Situation Law.

Albus had responded to an earlier tweet CTV question period The same day featured a video segment in which Mendicino was asked what his reaction was regarding Shandro’s refusal to implement the liberal government’s proposed firearms buyback program.

Mendicino and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau say the Emergency Act, which was invoked to quell Freedom Convoy protests against federal COVID-19 orders and restrictions, served as security for law enforcement and during demonstrations He has repeatedly claimed that the declaration was made after consulting with the head of the organization.

The RCMP Commissioner and current and former Ottawa Police Chiefs all testified that they never advised or demanded the use of this practice. In June, Larry Brookson, chief operating officer of the Congressional Protection Service, also testified that he had not called for the act to be invoked.

“Political stunt”

In an interview on CTV’s Question Period program, Mendicino said Shandro’s attempt to challenge the constitutionality of the federal firearms ban was unconvincing.shandro said September 26 statement If Ottawa goes ahead, his government will launch a formal dispute under the State Police Service Agreement.

“This is a political stunt. [Shandro] I am fully aware that regulatory authority over firearms falls within the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government,” Mendicino told host Evan Solomon.

The minister added that Canada’s Supreme Court “very resolutely and repeatedly reaffirmed” that the federal government is responsible for regulating firearms.

“It is reckless for the Alberta Attorney General to imply that the RCMP will not enforce federal law. It’s reckless. [the province]”

On September 28, Shandro claimed that his state’s RCMP division also did not support the Liberal buyback program.

“Alberta has been informed informally that it does not support the use of provincial resources to administer the federal confiscation program by the Commanding Officer of Alberta’s RCMP,” he said. statement Posted on Twitter.

“If so, neither the province nor Alberta’s RCMP want police resources taken off the streets to confiscate firearms.”

Saskatchewan and Manitoba have also voiced their opposition to Ottawa’s plan.

and letter On September 27, Saskatchewan Minister of Corrections, Police and Public Safety, Christine Tell, told the RCMP Deputy Commissioner: Rhonda Blackmore While the state government “fully supports crime prevention initiatives that truly focus on issues related to the criminal use of firearms,” ​​it “requires law-abiding, RCMP-scrutinized hunters, sport shooters, ranchers, We do not support initiatives that affect management, farmers, and those who use firearms for legal and legitimate purposes. ”

and Facebook post On September 28, Manitoba’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General Kelvin Gertzen wrote to Mendicino on September 13 that he had informed the federal minister that the confiscation program would “erode” the state’s police resources. Stated.

“Many aspects of the federal government’s approach to gun crime unnecessarily target legal gun owners, but we feel it has little impact on criminals.

“Manitoba’s view is that the buyback program cannot further erode valuable state police resources, which already suffer from high vacancy rates, from focusing on violent crime investigations.”

Noë Chartier and Peter Wilson contributed to this report.

Isaac Theo


Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based reporter for the Epoch Times.