THREAD: Bill C-71 Canadian Senate review of Bill C-71 continues at 6pm EST

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Senator Paul McIntyre speaking to Bill C-71 about the amendments rejected by the senate as a whole.

Raising issue of public transparency with reference to RCMP handling of firearm classification decisions.
Senator McIntyre wants a reporting requirement added to Bill C-71 to hold the RCMP and the Canadian Firearms Program held accountable and its decisions are transparently provided to Canadians.
If the RCMP has nothing to hide, the RCMP has nothing to fear from transparency and reporting of their actions.
Proposes Third Reading of Bill C-71 be deferred until it can be amended to add this reporting requirement to the proposed legislation.
Senator Andre Platte agrees with the amendment, and says the Firearms Program has suffered, since its inception, from a lack of transparency
Senator Andre Platte says the amendment is unnecessary because the Firearms Reference Table, where all decisions are published and are accessible to police officers, and will be made available to the general public in a few months time.,
Senator Andre Platte: "You will be able to see immediately if a firearm is classified or reclassified."
Senator Andre Platte "a more comprehensive analysis" of the gun classification decision taken in a year included in the annual Commissioner's Report on Firearms.
Senator Don Plett: Senator Platte is correct, there is some consideration of making the FRT public. Disclosure of reclassification decisions should be mandatory, not "an aspirational goal."
Senator Don Plett: The amendment requires the RCMP to issue public notification when a firearm is classified or reclassified.

One day you own a non-restricted firearm, the next you own a restricted or prohibited firearm, but you have no idea this happened.
Senator Don Plett: The usual way the firearms community discovers a firearm is reclassified is when someone is arrested and charged under the Criminal Code. In one case, the person legally purchased the firearm 2 months prior to his arrest and charge.
Senator Don Plett: Although modest, such a measure would help address the transparency issues surrounding firearm classification decisions.
Senator Tony Dean: Not sure we have a transparency issue so much as we have a relationship issue. Great tension and concerns in the relationships between firearm owners and associations and the RCMP. We can't legislate better relationships between regulator and regulatee...
... but we must urge the RCMP to enter into a discussion with the firearms community when they are making these decisions.
Vote on motion: In my opinion, the Nay's have it.

The vote will be deferred until 5:30pm of the next day the Senate sits.
Senator Plett: Tomorrow, we will vote on an amendment. Does this preclude us from bringing forward other amendments?
Senator Harder: If there are futher amendments, they would have to take place after the vote on the current amendment.
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