RCMP keep firearms program costs well hidden

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Parliamentary spending estimates no longer report cost of Bill C-68, the Firearms Act

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A review of the last seven years RCMP Reports on Plans and Priorities show a progressive worsening of reporting on the costs of the Canadian Firearms Program: Federal Government Costs and Anticipated Planned Spending Requirements. (see the files below for details)

“It’s to the point now that the RCMP’s Parliamentary Estimates report no costs and no number of employees,” stated NFA President, Sheldon Clare. “Why is the RCMP hiding the costs of administering the Firearms Act now? Why are the Prime Minister’s Office and the Conservative Caucus putting up with this lack of accountability and transparency? After all, this is the party that predicted in 1995 that Bill C-68 would cost more than a billion dollars and was first to expose it as a $2 billion dollar boondoggle in 2004. Scrapping the gun registry saved a few million, but the program still costs taxpayers tens of millions a year.” said Clare.

Your tax dollars at work“Maybe this behaviour was acceptable to the RCMP’s old minister; however, there’s a new broom in town now. It’s time for our new Minister of Public Safety, Steve Blaney to demand true accountability and transparency from the Commissioner of the RCMP on how much the Canadian Firearms Program is costing taxpayers today,” demanded the NFA President. “The entire Firearms Act needs to be scrutinized in terms of value for cost – it is clear that taxpayers are not getting value for this expensive administrative failure,” Clare concluded.

Canada’s National Firearms Association is this country’s largest advocacy organization promoting the rights and freedoms of all responsible firearm owners and users.

Files

  1. RCMP Report on Plans and Priorities 2006-2007.  Special Chapter – Canadian Firearms Program (Pages 85-103).  See Page 102, Table 12 – Canadian Firearms Program: Federal Government Costs and Anticipated Planned Spending Requirements.
  2. RCMP Report on Plans and Priorities 2007-2008.  Special Chapter – Canada Firearms Centre (Pages 95-101).  See Page 108, Table 12 – Canadian Firearms Program: Federal Government Costs and Anticipated Planned Spending Requirements.
  3. RCMP Report on Plans and Priorities 2008-2009.  Special Chapter Canada Firearms Centre (Pages 99-104).   No more Table 12!  One can only wonder why…
  4. RCMP Report on Plans and Priorities 2009-2010.  2.4.1 Program Activity Name: Canadian Firearms Centre (Page 27-28).  No more Special Chapter on Firearms, No Table 12. Just two pages of text and one small table on page 27!
  5. RCMP Report on Plans and Priorities 2010-2011. Program activity: Canadian firearms Centre (Page 26-27).  No more Special Chapter on Firearms, No Table 12. Just two pages of text and one small table on page 26!
  6. RCMP Report on Plans and Priorities 2011-12.  Program activity 1.2: Canadian law enforcement services (Page 17-18).  No details on spending or number of employees for Canadian Firearms Program!
  7. RCMP Report on Plans and Priorities 2012-13.  Program activity 1.2: Canadian law enforcement services (Page 22-23).  No details on spending or number of employees for Canadian Firearms Program!
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