New Brunswick joins Prairie against police use for Ottawa’s gun confiscation program


The Yukon Legislature also recently passed a motion against diversion of Territorial Police resources to support Ottawa’s plans.

New Brunswick is working with Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to oppose federal gun buyback programs. The Yukon Legislature also recently passed a motion opposing the measure.

and Joint statement On October 14, New Brunswick, along with Prairie, told the Liberal government to “use scarce RCMP and city police resources to confiscate over 100,000 firearms lawfully obtained from Canadians.” I asked him to cancel the plan.

The joint statement discussion Ottawa’s firearms buyback program at the Conference of Federal, State and Territory Ministers Responsible for Justice and Public Safety in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, October 12-14.

Prairie State said it had already sent letters to each RCMP department stating that state funds should not be used to confiscate legal firearms.

“Instead, funds should be used to combat the criminal misuse of firearms by tackling border integrity, smuggling and human trafficking,” the statement said.

When the Epoch Times reached out to Canadian Public Security for comment, it said it forwarded the request to the office of Canadian Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino.

The federal buyback program 2020 law Bans over 1,500 models of what are termed “assault-style” firearms, including the AR-15.

Ottawa says the buyback program will be “mandatory” and any Canadian-owned guns banned by the new law must be sold to the government at a price determined by the federal government or be “legally disposed of”. says that there is

“expensive and inefficient”

Alberta Minister of Justice and Attorney General Tyler Shandro said the liberal government refuted earlier claims that it would not let law enforcement manage the program because of its high costs.

“Two years ago, the federal government said using police resources was ‘expensive and inefficient. Currently, the federal government is relying on using police resources to seize firearms from Canadians,” Shandro said in a joint statement.

He was referring to former federal Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair, who testified in court. House Public Safety Committee In November 2020, he said using police resources was “a very expensive and, in my opinion, a very inefficient method.”

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Alberta Minister of Justice Tyler Shandro answers questions during a press conference in Calgary on Sept. 3, 2021. (Todd Korol/The Canadian Press)

“Undoubtedly, a federal firearms confiscation program costs billions of dollars and does not improve public safety,” Shandro said, adding that the Alberta government “has no legal obligation” to provide resources. , added, “I’m not going to do that.”

Alberta was the first province to vote against the buyback on September 26th. Following Chandolo’s announcement, incumbent Federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said in an interview the same day that Alberta’s attempt to challenge the constitutionality of the federal firearms ban was a “political stunt.”

“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 Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period program.

“Fair purchase system”

In testimony before the Public Safety Commission on October 4, Mendicino told Conservative MP Taco Van Popta that he had a “Plan B” in place in case the state refused to participate in the Liberal elections. When asked if he would have a plan, he said he would focus on “Plan A.” Firearms buyback program.

“Promoting a fair buyback program that compensates legally purchased assault rifles for law-abiding gun owners is consistent with keeping our communities safe, and we will always be committed to state and We will continue to work with our partners in the Territory,” Mendicino said.

“My door is always open to working with them on different priorities to achieve that goal.”

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Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino addresses a question-and-answer session in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, October 4, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Saskatchewan adopted Alberta’s position on 28 September. In a joint statement on October 14, state corrections, police and public safety minister Christine Tell and state justice minister and attorney general Bronwyn Ayre said they supported. You can track illegal guns, but not guns from law-abiding owners.

“We fully support crime initiatives that focus on issues related to the criminal use of illegal firearms, prevent and combat gang violence, and address the issue of illegal or smuggled guns in our state. But we do not support anything that affects the law: hunters, sport shooters, ranchers, farmers, and indigenous peoples who use firearms for legitimate and justifiable reasons,” they said.

On October 13, the Yukon Legislature took a position similar to that of the Prairie States, urging the Yukon government not to divert territorial police resources to help implement the Government of Canada Gun Purchase. Passed motion to seek. back” program.

‘Less impact on criminals’

manitobaThe third state to join in pushing back the Feds’ buyback program on Sept. 28 said in a joint statement that the forfeiture would “have little impact” on criminals but “further erode state police resources.” ‘ said.

“Manitoba has consistently stated that many aspects of the federal approach to gun crime unnecessarily target legal gun owners while having little effect on criminals. It’s been “general.

“In Manitoba’s view, the buyback program cannot further erode the scarce resources of the state police force, which already suffers from high vacancy rates and can no longer focus on investigating violent crimes.”

New Brunswick Public Safety Minister Chris Austin wants the RCMP to focus on policing rather than using its “limited resources” to participate in buyback programs.

“The takeaway for New Brunswick is: RCMP resources are thinly distributed as-is. We have made it clear that this is unacceptable,” Austin said in a joint statement.

Peter Wilson and Rachel Emanuel contributed to this report.

Isaac Theo


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