MP Bob Zimmer rose in Parliament today to ask Ralph Goodale, the Minister of Public Safety, a pointed question about the Quebec long gun registry data. Goodale's response was predictable, although not informative.
"According to Deputy Commissioner Peter Henschel's own testimony June 4, 2015, and I quote:
The RCMP destroyed the records between October 26, 2012, and October 31, 2012, with the exception of the Quebec records, which were maintained pending the outcome of a Supreme Court decision. When that decision was rendered on March 27, 2015, the RCMP deleted the remaining Quebec records April 10 to April 12, 2015.
Someone isnt telling the truth. Can the Minister explain why he is saying something different than the RCMP?"
"The problem with what the Minister just said is that the Quebec data was ordered destroyed after failed appeal at the Supreme court and further confirmed destroyed April 2015 by the RCMP Deputy Commissioner Peter Henschel.
The Information Commissioner didnt ask for the data until June 2015, two months after it was destroyed.
Someone is not being honest here and Canadian law-abiding firearms owners deserve to know the truth.
If the Long gun registry data is not destroyed the Minister is saying the RCMP didn't tell the truth at Committee...a serious accusation. An equally serious accusation is that someone illegally preserved the data...
Which is it?"