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Public Safety Canada

November 10, 2006 16:53 ET

Minister Day Consults on Effective Gun Control Measures at Dawson College

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2006) - The Minister of Public Safety, the Honorable Stockwell Day, was moved and impressed with the courage and commitment of student Hayder Khadim and the mother of slain student Anastasia De Sousa after a meeting at Dawson College yesterday.

"These people have been through a devastating and tragic experience," said Minister Day. "And yet they have both the desire and some ideas on how to prevent tragedies like this from happening and I am glad that they took the time to share these with me," he added.

During this meeting, Louise De Sousa, Hayder Khadim and the members of the Dawson College Committee on Gun Control presented a number of suggestions on the whole issue of gun crime. "I value and will take their insights into consideration as the government continues to look at meaningful ways to prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands," indicated Minister Day. "We all agreed that in order to have a more effective gun control, we need to strengthen our licensing system, enhance background checks and focus our efforts and resources on tackling gang activities and gun smuggling."

To make gun control more effective, Canada's new government continues to consult with the provinces and territories and over 500 stakeholders, including those with firearms and law enforcement expertise.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications