Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to our witnesses for joining our committee today as we go through the provisions of Bill C‑21.
I'd like to start with the Coalition for Gun Control and welcome Dr. Cukier back to our committee.
I was reading today the updated brief from the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians on the red-flag laws in Bill C‑21. They are still sticking to their point from the earlier version of this bill in the previous Parliament, in that they feel that placing the onus on a family person to go through the court system is the wrong way to go. They would prefer to have a system whereby emergency physicians have a process for reporting. Unfortunately for us, though, that is primarily under provincial jurisdiction.
The testimony on how the red-flag laws are written in Bill C‑21 is kind of all over the map. I think there's an understanding out there that red-flag laws are important. They're just not sure that the way Bill C‑21 is written is the correct way to do it.
I guess I'm going to ask my question in a different way. You've had it before. Can you see any way whereby the existing clauses of Bill C‑21 can be saved, or do we need to just simply get rid of them altogether? Do you believe there is a place for a court system to be involved? We have a very high rate of suicide by firearms in Canada. Do you think there's a process whereby someone should be able to use the court system, or should it just always fall on our police services, primarily?