(Update Nov. 21 at 10:30 Toronto time: Adds Blair quote via CBC News: “There is a sense of urgency.”)
TheGunBlog.ca — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promoted Bill Blair, his chief for mass gun confiscation, to Minister of Public Safety today in Ottawa, as the new cabinet was sworn in following the Oct. 21 election.
- the top officials who might help Trudeau and the governing Liberal Party execute their plans for the biggest instant gun bans in Canadian history.
- Responses to Blair’s appointment from the CSSA, CSAAA and Conservative Party.
- Prime Minister of Canada (since November 2015)
- Represents Papineau in central Montreal
Official Statements Today
Comments on Gun Ownership
- “We’re taking the strongest step in Canadian history to move forward on tougher gun legislation,” Campaign Press Conference, 01 Oct. 2019
- “We will ban all military-style assault rifles, give municipalities the ability to restrict or ban handguns, and strengthen gun control.” Twitter, 20 Sept. 2019
- Trudeau Promises Mass Gun Bans, Confiscations in Election 2019
- Trudeau Is Promising Mass Gun Confiscations He Once Mocked
- Trudeau Tweet on PALs Isn’t Totally False, Just Totally Wrong
Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We will ban all military-style assault rifles, give municipalities the ability to restrict or ban handguns, and strengthen gun control. pic.twitter.com/NvX0IBtAU5
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 20, 2019
- Promoted to Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
- Replaces Ralph Goodale, who was defeated in the election
- Previously: Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction (since Aug. 2018), affiliated with the Ministry of Public Safety
- Since Aug. 2018: has led Liberal plans to criminalize honest firearm users and confiscate their gear.
- Represents Scarborough Southwest in eastern Toronto
Comments on Gun Ownership
- Updated Nov. 21: “We have made a commitment to strengthen gun laws in Canada,” said Blair. ‘There is a sense of urgency.” CBC News, 21 Nov. 2019
- “Assault-style rifles are military weapons designed to hunt people, and not animals, in the most efficient manner possible that maximizes the body count at minimum effort.” Blair’s office told The Canadian Press, 30 May 2019
- “What I’m saying is, everything I can get done, I intend to do my very best to get it done, and if there’s more to do, then we’ll come back and get it done.” CTV News, 18 March 2019
- Liberals Demonize Gun Owners by Copying U.S. Senator Feinstein
- ‘Pretty Big Measures’ Underway to Restrict Guns, Blair Tells CTV
Bill Blair becomes Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness: https://t.co/InOGFUlZAg
— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) November 20, 2019
- Promoted to Deputy Prime Minister (New Role)
- Previously Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Represents University-Rosedale in central Toronto
Comments on Gun Ownership
- “A ban on assault weapons and stronger gun laws are important to the people of Toronto, the city I represent.” Twitter, 20 Sept. 2019
Attended an important announcement from @JustinTrudeau in Toronto today. A ban on assault weapons and stronger gun laws are important to the people of Toronto, the city I represent. Proud to be on a team that is addressing this important issue head on. pic.twitter.com/8W838G0A8J
— Chrystia Freeland (@cafreeland) September 20, 2019
- David Lametti (Montreal, Quebec) continues as Minister of Justice and Attorney General
- Mark Holland (Ajax, Ontario) continues as Chief Government Whip
- Holland referred to PAL holders as “thugs” last year, with no consequence.
CSSA, Canadian Shooting Sports Association
Tony Bernardo, Executive Director, quoted in iPolitics:
The CSSA is hopeful that Minister Blair will be able to differentiate between so-called “assault weapons” and the ordinary firearms 2.2 million licensed, lawful Canadians use every day,” he said. “We look forward to working with Minister Blair to protect the rights and freedoms of honest, responsible Canadians.”
CSAAA, Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association
Congratulations @BillBlair on your appointment as Minister of @Safety_Canada
We look forward to working with you on responsible firearms policy. Canada’s 4500 licensed sporting arms businesses and 48K employees are committed to the safety of the communities where we live and work
Congratulations @BillBlair on your appointment as Minister of @Safety_Canada We look forward to working with you on responsible firearms policy. Canada's 4500 licensed sporting arms businesses and 48K employees are committed to the safety of the communities where we live and work
— CSAAA (@InfoCSAAA) November 20, 2019
Conservative Party of Canada
In a statement:
Blair continues to fail upwards. He was responsible for doing nothing to address the more than 50,000 illegal border crossers who have streamed into Canada. He will likely use his new position to continue his long-standing support for the wasteful and ineffective long gun registry, which does nothing to reduce crime.
- Anytime: The government could adopt the so-called “orders in council” to activate Bill C-71.
- Dec. 5: Trudeau is scheduled to outline his new plans in the governor general’s so-called speech from the throne, CTV News reported Nov. 12.
- Dec. 6: 30th anniversary of Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique massacre, and a favourite date for prohibitionist activists to promote gun bans against millions of hunters, farmers, ranchers, recreational shooters, competitors, firearm collectors, and other honest men and women.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Boosts Bill Blair to Minister of Public Safety in New Cabinet
– Blair has led gun confiscation efforts against federally licensed firearm users since Aug. 2018.
— TheGunBlog (@TheGunBlog) November 20, 2019
Correction at 20:15 Toronto time: Corrects spelling of Scarborough Southwest.