Liberal MPs who have reservations about the Quebec firearms registry must toe the line, warns Philippe Couillard.
The Prime Minister has decided: no question of allowing his troops to vote freely on Bill 64, which provides for the registration of arms.
"The free vote is reserved for outstanding issues. One remembers the Act (care) of end of life, it is really very deep moral issues, personal, where spiritual and religious questions come in. I think it was very appropriate to a free vote on a similar question, but not a matter of government policy, "he said Wednesday morning.
The Quebec register firearms divides members of the National Assembly. Several Liberal MPs reluctant to endorse the proposed government. Yet on Tuesday, the Member for Beauce-Sud, Paul Busque, refused to give its support to the registry when questioned by journalists. Same for the Member for Chauveau, VГ©ronyque Tremblay, who says she must first listen to his constituents.
The Prime Minister does not understand that one can oppose a Quebec registry of firearms. "Myself, I have hunting weapons at home, I do not see what's the problem to register firearms. After all, a trailer or our car is recorded, a pet. That objects to register a firearm seems a bit odd, "he insisted at the entrance of the daily meeting of the Liberals elected.
Philippe Couillard said that the police and suicide prevention organizations claim that register. He added that the registration of firearms will be free for hunters and other owners of rifles and carbines.
The Prime Minister has confidence in his Minister of Public Safety, Martin Coiteux to control registry costs.