The largest cities in Quebec demand a firm commitment to the fight against armed violence

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The mayors seek to put pressure on the leaders of the federal parties on the eve of the leaders’ debate in French.

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The mayors of the five largest cities in Quebec are asking the leaders of the main federal parties to make a “clear and firm” commitment to fight arms trafficking and violence.

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The mayor of Montreal Valérie Plante, the mayor of Quebec Régis Labeaume, the mayor of Laval Marc Demers, the mayor of Gatineau Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin and the mayor of Longueuil Sylvie Parent will hold a press conference in Old Montreal on Tuesday to address the issue of question.

The purpose of the press conference is to put pressure on the party leaders the day before the leaders’ debate in French.

In its list of demands on federal parties at the end of August, Montreal called for a Canada-wide ban on the private possession of handguns and assault weapons to tackle “the root cause” of the rise in violence. army.

In February, the Liberal government introduced a bill that would leave it to cities to ban handguns on their territory, causing an uproar.

Reacting to the bill, survivors and family members of the victims of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre even warned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that they would never allow him to stand with them again at the memorial service. annual.

Gun control became a major issue in this year’s federal election, and gun violence has risen sharply in Canada in recent years.

According to Statistics Canada, the number of firearms incidents rose from 3,544 in 2019 to 4,137 in 2020, an increase of 15% and the sixth consecutive annual increase.

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