Quebec outlines plans for gun registry
14 white roses were laid outside the Ecole Polytechnique this morning, in honour of the 14 women who were murdered by a lone gunman there 23 years ago today.
And as ceremonies are held across Canada commemorating the tragedy, the Quebec government has announced its plans to create the province's own gun registry.
Alexa Conradi president of the Quebec Womens' Federation says it's great news.
"To us, it's a question of respecting women's needs for security," Conradi says. "And it's not just a need, it's a fundamental human right."
The Marois government says it strongly believes in having a gun registry and plans to table legislation to that effect.
Public Security Minister Stephane Bergeron says the province will go to work on the registry as soon as it receives the Quebec data from the now abolished federal registry.
Back in September, a Superior Court judge ordered the Conservative government to turn over the data, but the feds appealed the decision. The case returns to court in March.
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