According to the ministry's response to the order paper question posed by Conservative MP Raquel Dancho, the most recent stakeholder engagement on the sweeping new firearms legislation was done in late 2018, long before the May 2020 ban on 1500 popular models of shotguns and rifles orchestrated through an order in council.
The last so-called engagement took place nearly four years prior to the recent handgun ban added into C-21 as well as the last-minute addition of 478 pages of amendments that would serve to ban all centrefire semi-automatic rifles and the majority of Canadian shotguns. The in-person engagement skipped over western Canada entirely.
Though experts, hunters and sport shooters have said Trudeau's latest ban attacks hunting rifles, Trudeau has called those claims "misinformation."
The single round of engagement on firearms legislation done with selected stakeholders in October 2018 was organized by Hill and Knowlton Strategies, which was paid $206,428.40 for the work:
Public Safety held a series of eight in-person round tables in four cities: Vancouver on October 22, 2018; Montreal on October 25, 2018; Toronto on October 26, 2018; and Moncton on October 29, 2018. In total, 77 stakeholders participated in these sessions.
Thirty-six written submissions were received.
The online questionnaire was open for one month and was available online to all Canadians between October 11 and November 10, 2018. There were 134,917 questionnaires completed.
Stakeholders represented the provincial government; law enforcement; municipalities; not-for-profit associations, such as health, community services, youth, victims; education; wildlife and conservation; retailers; academia and research; and the firearms and sports shooting community.
Regarding the written questionnaire, more than half of the respondents were male. Most came from either Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia or Alberta. Most lived in an urban setting, and nearly half owned a firearm.
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