Ottawa worked on gun ban ‘for months’ before Nova Scotia shooting, says Blair. Globalnews.ca

Ottawa was working months before banning its assault-style firearms 2020 Nova Scotia Mass ShootingBut chose to announce it after the massacre took place.

Statement of the Minister of Emergency Preparedness Bill BlairThe minister of public security at the time of Canada’s deadliest mass shooting in April 2020 arrived on Monday as he faced questions from lawmakers over alleged political interference in the RCMP’s investigation at the time.

“The work really started in 2019 when I did a cross-country consultation … to talk about which weapons should be banned. Compiling the list … It was months of hard work,” Blair said of the government’s ban on 1,500 assault-style weapons announced on May 1, 2020.

“The terrible tragedy that happened in Nova Scotia … was very impressive to me and the work we have been doing for the months and years leading up to that moment has certainly deepened my resolve to move forward as quickly as possible.” The effect was possible.”

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Lawmakers from the House of Commons Public Safety Committee met on Monday to find out whether there was political interference with the RCMP as it investigated the April 2020 shooting in Nova Scotia.

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Luckey Had a meeting with top officials in Nova Scotia that attendees described as tense.

Superintendent Darren Campbell, who was in charge of investigating Canada’s deadliest mass shooting, wrote in his notes that Luckey had promised the federal government to release information about the weapons used by the gunman.


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According to notes taken by Campbell, which were released by the Public Inquiry into the Massacre on June 21, Luckey said he felt “disobedient” when those details were not shared, adding that the information was “pending gun”. Control was attached to the law which protected the officials and the public.”

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The RCMP communications director, Lia Scanlan, also told the public inquiry into the shootings that then-Public Security Minister Blair and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were weighing in on “what we could and could not say”, although he did not elaborate. did not tell. What did it mean?

Trudeau and Blair have strongly denied any political interference, and Luckey has repeatedly stated that he felt no pressure from federal officials. Blair and Luckey again denied those allegations on Monday.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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