In response to a request by Member of Parliament Glen Motz (Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner), the Parliamentary Budget Officer estimated the costs of the Liberal government’s Firearm Confiscation Compensation Scheme for the firearms they banned on May 1, 2020, by Order in Council. Note the estimate does NOT include administrative costs.
“Depending on the number of affected firearms in Canada, the take-up rate, and the pricing structure used, the estimated total compensation under the buy-back program could amount to $756 million, in addition to administration costs.”
Imagine the benefits to public safety if our government put those kinds of resources behind tracking those with Firearm Prohibition Orders against them, like the two violent young criminals who shot up a children’s birthday party in Toronto last week?
Instead this Liberal government will pay RCMP-vetted, federally-licensed firearm owners to give up their legally acquired property.
There is no explanation of how this will keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals, of course, because none of these measures are aimed at the criminal element of our society.