Opponents of the long-gun registry were pleased to point out that the legislation to kill it didn't die on the order paper when Stephen the Petulant prorogued parliament because said legislation is a private members bill and the rules for those are different. What the suspension of parliament did, however, was give the folks at the Toronto Star time to do some digging and discover that Peter Van Loan, who was the minister of public safety at the time, wasn't entirely honest with us.
The release of an annual firearms report last fall was delayed by testy officials in the public safety minister's office who demanded to know, among other things, details about an employee "celebration" of the program's 10th anniversary.
Emails obtained by the Star show then-public safety minister Peter Van Loan's office sat on the report for weeks until after a contentious parliamentary vote that saw 12 NDP and eight Liberal MPs succumb to political pressure and support ending the long-gun registry.
Afterwards, Van Loan told reporters he had the report in hand for "several days."
Oh my goodness gracious. Van Loan lied. Who woulda thunk it? And why would he do that?
Unhappy with the contents of the report, ministerial staff asked for further explanations of statistics that showed a rise in police queries to the firearms registry, and greater satisfaction with service provided over the Internet or telephone.
Emphasis added. Guess that explains it. I wonder if the deliberations on that legislation will be even more contentious once parliament resumes. And I'd ask when we can expect Van Loan's resignation from cabinet but I know better.
H/t to Antonia Zerbisias.