The Trudeau government’s announcement of a price list for their much hyped gun buyback program is nothing but pure political theatre.
Not only there isn’t a program to collect and destroy the guns they now claim are too dangerous for licensed, law-abiding Canadians to own, they are still looking for ideas on how to build it, more than two years into the matter.
The federal government currently has a tender notice on their website for a “request for information (RFI),” not even a “request for proposals,” on how to design the program. The RFI was posted July 14 and amended on July 29 with a closing date of Aug. 17 for those interested in helping with the “BBP or buyback program.”
“The intent of this RFI is to determine the capacities and capabilities that currently exist within the marketplace to deliver on the notional requirements of the envisioned commodity for the BBP,” the tender notice reads.
The government is looking to find out what expertise or capacity there is in the marketplace for collection and transportation, tracking, storage solutions, package inspection, destruction and post-destruction recycling. This is more than two years after they announced this program, and they don’t have even the basic structure, despite having already spent more than $8.8 million on it.
“No buyback program exists,” said Tracey Wilson, of the Canadian Center for Firearms Rights, in an interview recently. “So, to put out this price list is not only premature, it’s intentional.”
Wilson said he believes the Liberals are publishing their price list to turn the headlines from problems with inflation, airport delays, passport problems and more onto an issue that gets them positive headlines in much of the media.
That the program doesn’t exist, that millions have been spent since May 1, 2020, and nothing has happened doesn’t seem to matter to most; they believe the Liberals are acting.
Part of the problem for the government is that the RCMP has said they can’t be in charge of this program in terms of collecting firearms. While the Mounties have a large presence in Western and Atlantic Canada, there are large areas of Ontario and Quebec with virtually no RCMP presence.
Canada Post has also reportedly told the government that it can’t be the main collection point for hundreds of thousands of firearms, either. While the post office has locations in almost every community in the country, many of those locations are in retail establishments like pharmacies, and the system isn’t set up to safely handle the tracking of hundreds of thousands of guns.
Can you imagine people showing up to their local Shopper’s with a dozen rifles to send to the government via Canada Post?
Tony Bernardo, of the Canadian Shooting Sport Association, said in a recent interview that the government has created its own problem and not found a solution.
“What do they do? Send Bob and Ernie to come around your door, knock on your door and take your prohibited firearms away,” Bernardo said.
He added that most companies in Canada wouldn’t have the scale or ability to do what the government is asking.
As for the price list, Bernardo agreed with Wilson that the government issued list is far too low, that it doesn’t consider what Canadians actually paid for them. Courts in this country don’t look kindly on governments seizing property, legally obtained, without fair compensation.
What we learned over the last week is that the government issued an unrealistic price list for a buyback program that doesn’t exist — even in theory — and that they have already spent millions on.
Does this feel like the start of another billion dollar, or more, boondoggle?