“Gun-Loving” Conservatives Exclude Mental Health And Medical Experts From Firearms Advisory Committee

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The Conservatives have appointed only police officers who share the Conservative Party’s views on weakening gun controls. Furthermore, they continue to actively exclude health professionals from the committee’s membership.

OTTAWA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae said the Conservative government’s decision to exclude medical experts from the Firearms Advisory Committee is mind boggling

“Just three months ago, on December 6 – a day forever etched in the minds of Canadians following an act of horrific gun violence – I asked the Prime Minister whether the composition of his government’s firearms panel was appropriate given that it included no front line health workers, mental health professionals or domestic violence experts. He answered that he would take those suggestions under advisement.

Now we learn from media reports that while his government has added new law enforcement representatives to the committee, they chose only officers who share the Conservative Party’s views on weakening gun controls. Furthermore, they continue to actively exclude health professionals from the committee’s membership.

Given that 72% of firearms-related deaths are by suicide, how does the Prime Minister feel that the Firearms Advisory Committee can appropriately advise the government on these matters without the input of mental health experts; and will he rectify this glaring omission immediately?”