The Canadian Press

2015-05-14 | Firearms RCMP

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The federal information commissioner says the Conservative government is setting a perilous precedent by retroactively rewriting the law to absolve the RCMP of wrongdoing. Suzanne Legault has tabled a special report in Parliament revealing that she recommended almost two months ago that charges be laid against the RCMP for its role in withholding and destroying gun registry data. Instead -- the Harper government rewrote the law, backdated the changes and buried the amendment in an omnibus budget bill last week. During a stop in Windsor, Ontario this morning, Prime Minister Stephen Harper commented on the argument that the Information Act contradicts elements of his government's amendment in the omnibus bill. (The Information Commissioner says the omnibus budget bill "sets a perilous precedent against Canadians' quasi-constitutional right to know.")

Date: 2015-05-14
Placeline: WINDSOR, Ontario.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 18 seconds

Transcript Prediction: << at that site is a loophole I'm not sure there really is a contradiction but to be perfectly clear the government is clarifying the act of the information act to make sure it is in full Conformity with parliament's already expressed wishes on a long gun registry that the RCMP has executed as they were required to do according to the law >>