OTTAWA — The Harper government is poised to introduce contentious legislation as early as Thursday to abolish the long-gun registry.
The legislation is bound to once again spark sharp political debate over whether the registry is a much-needed tool for police to keep Canadian communities safe, or whether it has become a costly intrusion into the lives of law-abiding gun-owners.
Moreover, the bill will likely illustrate the urban-rural divide in Canada, and possibly even cause divisions among members of the opposition party caucuses over which stance their party should take.
The government quietly signalled its intention on Tuesday evening by placing on the House of Commons notice paper a bill that Justice Minister Rob Nicholson will soon introduce.
The bill will amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act and also “make a consequential amendment” to another law, according to the notice paper.
Harper probably wishes he could keep the registry and continue blaming the Liberals for it. He will lose a big issue in rural ridings. Tom