Public Safety claims no research exists on 'straw purchasing' despite Minister's comments

On March 6, 2021, I filed an Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) request with Public Safety Canada to see if they would release any information to back up Minister Bill Blair’s statements in the House of Commons.

From my request:

Reference is made to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair’s statements in the House on February 26, 2021, where he stated, “We also heard from the chief in Regina, who very clearly said that the guns in his community are not coming across the border but are legally owned, obtained through theft or straw purchase. The chief in Edmonton also opined that only 5% to 10% of the crime guns in his community, in the city of Edmonton, are actually smuggled across the border and the rest come from legal gun owners through theft and straw purchasing.”

For the period of January 1, 2020 to present, please provide copies (drafts and final versions) of all documents, records, reports, presentations, memos, briefing notes, Question Period Notes, advice, statistics, analyses, opinions, petitions, e-mails, correspondence and research relating to ‘straw purchasing’ of firearms by holders of a valid Possession and Acquisition License.

Given ‘straw purchasing’ is one of the cornerstones of Liberal firearm policy, one might expect this request would result in the release of a great deal of information.

One would be wrong.

The entire release package, including its 3-page cover letter, was only 21 pages – most of which was a working copy of a briefing document for the Minister.

  • Notably, the answer to the question 5, “What do those who choose to be grandfathered participate in the limited possession regime need to do?” is almost entirely redacted.
  • While question 9 lists two paragraphs, they do not answer the actual question, “Since the buyback program is not yet in force, will the Government extend the amnesty for firearms owners?

Another 25 pages were withheld as Cabinet Secrets pursuant to Section 69(1)(a) of the Access to Information Act.

Evidence-based policy indeed…


4.5 2 votes
Article Rating
Notify of

Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
2 years ago

This firearms issue has no facts on the Governments side and they do not care because the voters have no ideal how the system works.

John Chartrand
John Chartrand
2 years ago

Thank you for your diligence. If one stays informed thru a variety of info options such as you put out, a very clear picture of the lies told by the marxist liberal gov’t and little fidel’s communist new order agenda become very clear indeed.

Brian Hartwick
Brian Hartwick
2 years ago

Mind boggling but not surprising.

2 years ago

Thank you for continuing a legacy, greatly appreciated. Shared. God bless

Monte Nemeth
Monte Nemeth
2 years ago

Good job. Keep up the great work

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x