indicated that it is considering setting up its own registry if the federal one
Bloc Quebecois MP Maria Mourani has said it makes no sense to get rid of the data that's already been
collected and that it shows that Prime Minister Stephen Harper
doesn't value the opinion of Quebec.
The Liberals also support keeping
the registry information. "The data collected over the last 16 years must be
preserved, so that provinces can salvage this important policing tool," interim
leader Bob Rae said in a statement.
The decision to kill the registry has
been called into question by two officers of Parliament -- the watchdogs
responsible for both public information and for privacy.
Commissioner Suzanne Legault says destroying the data would violate the letter
and spirit of the Library and Archives of Canada Act.
Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has urged caution in destroying the data and said
there is nothing in federal law that prevents the government from sharing it
with provincial counterparts.
Should the federal long-gun registry data
be destroyed when the registry is abolished? Should provinces have to the data
if they set up their own registries? Let us know what you think.
With files from the Canadian Press.