John McKay

Your member of parliament for


Scarborough-Guildwood

John McKay

Your member of parliament for


Scarborough-Guildwood

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Keeping Our Communities Safe From Gun Violence

Our partnership with community police officers is crucial in our fight to make Canada less vulnerable to the scourge of guns. As Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, I recognize the important role that front line police officers play in ensuring public safety within our communities.

For the 10th year in a row, I attended the annual Toronto Police 43 Division Open House and BBQ earlier this month. My Constituency Office also set up an information booth to interact with local residents. I am a huge supporter of community policing, and I was delighted to join members of the community and police officers to share some excellent food and develop meaningful friendships. Fostering these relationships is crucial as we continue to work together with community leaders and law enforcement to implement solutions to tackle the challenges posed by gun violence.

Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness released the summary report on the Summit on Gun and Gang Violence. The report provides recommendations made by the over 180 partners and stakeholders from across the country. It will help inform the allocation of $327.6 million over five years of new federal funding to tackle gun and gang violence in Canada. This initiative will support enforcement measures and community-led projects involving prevention. It will build on federal expertise and resources related to the illegal trafficking of firearms, and invest in border security to enhance prohibition of illicit goods, including drugs and guns. Funding will also be provided to Indigenous communities and organizations to address the unique needs of Indigenous communities and urban populations. These funds are in addition to $43 million in annual investments in the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) to develop cost-effective ways to prevent crime among at-risk populations and vulnerable communities.

These investments are reinforced by Bill C-71, which makes common-sense changes to our firearms law to help keep communities safe and assist police investigations, while being fair to law-abiding firearms owners. Bill C-71 upholds the commitments we made to Canadians to: enhance background checks and license verification; standardize retail record-keeping; ensure the accurate and consistent classification of firearms by RCMP experts; and bolster community safety in relation to the movement of the most dangerous firearms.