Minister, you and I both know there is no such thing as military-style assault weapons in this country. They've been banned for 40 years. To misguide and mislead Canadians is disingenuous on your part.
You didn't answer my question about how many are actually banned, because either you don't know.... If you don't know the answer to that question, then how are Canadians supposed to know, given that the firearms reference table is not even available to them, but only to law enforcement and retailers.
I want to move on to the next question.
In June, in the House, I asked you how many times you had changed the list of banned firearms. You told me that it was none. Clearly, that was untrue. I asked you how many .22-calibre firearms you had banned. You didn't answer the question. I then asked you how many shotguns you had banned. You said, “we did not prohibit any shotguns”. Again, that was clearly untrue. In fact, the May 1 firearms ban now includes over 80 .22 low-calibre rifles and over 60 shotguns. Additionally, you've banned over 300 single-shot rifles used for hunting and target shooting.
Minister, you have made numerous statements that you know are factually inaccurate. This entire debate requires truth, honesty and to be fact-based, not deliberate misguided or misleading statements and fearmongering.
Can you please explain to the Canadian public how .22-calibre rifles, pump-action rifles, break-open single-shot rifles and shotguns can possibly be categorized as military-style fully-automatic rifles? Why mislead the House, the committee and Canadians, Minister?