Minister Blair seeks views on reducing violent crime


OTTAWA – October 11, 2018 – Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, issued the following statement:

“Keeping communities safe and reducing violent crime is a priority for the Government of Canada. This is why, in my Mandate letter, the Prime Minister has asked me to lead an examination of a ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada, while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians. I am committed to examining all options and hearing all perspectives on this issue. 

Over the coming weeks, I will lead a series of engagement activities, with the support of Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth) and to the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction. We look forward to engaging with Canadians across the country to seek their views on these important issues.

A key element of this engagement starts today. From now until November 10th, Canadians will be able to share their views online on how we can reduce violent crime related to handguns and assault weapons. This online engagement will complement roundtables and discussions with stakeholders over the coming weeks. 

It is critical that we hear the diversity of views that impact communities and Canadians from across the country. This will provide an excellent opportunity to identify gaps, challenges, and ideas to help inform future measures aimed at reducing violent crimes in Canada.”

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Reducing violent crime: a dialogue on handguns and assault weapons


Marie-Emmanuelle Cadieux
Communications Advisor
Office of the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada

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