Verdict on Canadian Gun Registry

The one point missing from all these facts is that not one single crime has been solved by all this money that was spent. Not one single crime!

Canadian TV

The former Liberal government went to great lengths to hide the true costs of the controversial gun registry, Auditor General Sheila Fraser said in a scathing report released Tuesday.

Though the decade-long expense of the controversial registry through the end of fiscal 2005 has been tallied at $946 million -- coming in below an earlier approximation of $1 billion -- government officials concealed the actual amount, Fraser said in her first report since the minority Conservatives came to power earlier this year. . . . .

Toronto Sun

The former Liberal government cooked the books on the much-maligned gun registry program, ignoring legal advice and hiding the true cost of the registry from Parliament, says the auditor general. . . . .

Calgary Sun

Canada's spending watchdog delivered more damning revelations about hidden cost overruns, sloppy storage of information and broken accounting rules on the gun registry yesterday, but opposition critics insist it's not enough ammunition to justify the Conservative government's plan to kill the controversial program.

In her eight-part spring report, auditor general Sheila Fraser fingered the last Liberal government for keeping MPs in the dark about excessive costs for the registry -- an issue she called "very serious." Her audit found the costs of a computer information system ballooned from an initial $32-million price tag to more than $90 million -- and it still isn't operational.

She also revealed two "significant errors" in financial reporting to Parliament, $39 million in 2002-03 and another $21.8 million the following year, but couldn't say if the Grits deliberately attempted to hide unauthorized spending. . . . .


Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...


Churchill Manitoba Canada: a place where polar bears congregate and migrate. Needless to say, a polar bear is about three times greater in size to an adult human; a bear is powerful enough to make Hercules run like a deer. Can you imagine being denied the use of a firearm and being a resident of Churchill Canada ? Well, they do rely heavily on police; but would they all be more safe if they were all encouraged (demanded and required by law) to possess firearms, including hand cannons, powerful enough to knock these monsters dead after one shot. Gun possession, in Churchill, should not be a right or a priviledge, it should be a requirement for residency. Forgive me, but if I could think of one good reason for a registry this would be it - that every capable resident of Churchill be adequately armed at all times (including in the shower and while sleeping in bed) and that a registry indicating - proving - you have purchased a large caliper firearm (at least a hand cannon). When all residents of Churchill are armed then all residents of Churchill, including everyone's children, are made more safe (from a vicious criminal devoid of any moral conscience - polar bears.)

Can you imagine anyone in Churchill attempting to deny another the civic duty of carrying a firearm ? Insane. But even in the upper reaches of a remote and dangerous tundra liberals have practiced their insane dogma. A gun registry in Canada !!! What on earth for ? To protect polar bears from law-abiding citizens ?

I'm gonna say it (because there are actually people that don't realize it); a polar bear can smash thru any car window, any home window or any wall of any home.

In Florida alligators are now preying on female joggers and pedestrians on pathways. I presume these hungry pre-historic predators will not discriminate on the age of their prey - if they can seize a child they will. Was it carjackings, criminals fleeing Cuba or all the predatory animals (protected by PETA) that compelled Floridians to rewrite law enabling citizens (and encourage them) to carry firearms? Can you imagine anyone telling a Floridian or a resident of Churchill Canada to not carry a firearm ? Or how about liberals advocating a ban on so-called assault weapons for residents of Churchill ? If I lived in Churchill I would own both a .50 caliper, long barreled handgun, and a rifle capable of rapid automatic fire; I can't think of any reason why, but I know I just would.

Can you imagine gun banners telling women how to assume a passive physical position after being gripped by an alligator? Shouldn't women be told to carry a weapon if using a jogging path? They will tell you to do the opposite of what you should do - including placing yourself on a gun registry list - why, I don't know.

5/17/2006 1:09 AM  
Blogger John Lott said...

I would prefer that you not cite wikipedia. It is a very unreliable source on anything that is remotely controversial and also on many issues that are not controversial.

5/17/2006 1:25 AM  
Blogger The Infozone said...

The former Liberal government have proven, with this Auditor General's report to have put rhetoric above reality.

The gun registry was about driving a wedge between urban and rural voters in Canada.

The program was supposed cost $2 million, and is now over $1 billion.

The Liberals paid Wendy Cukier and the Coalition for Gun Control almost $500,000 to help them with the program.

In other words, 25% of what the program was to cost was paid to a lobby group to help promote the program.

The Liberals spoke long and hard about how they were supporting Canada's Indians. They accused the Conservatives of racism.

Yet the Auditor General's report laid bare the Liberal love of rhetoric, style of substance.

John Lott took the substance of gun stats and proved that "More Guns Equals Less Crime".

The Liberals seem to always choose rhetoric and ranting over substance.



5/17/2006 10:44 AM  

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