OTTAWA - Pressure is mounting on RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson to publicly respond to a letter from the public safety minister Tuesday directing him to put a stop to back-door long-gun registries.
Brent Rathgeber, a Conservative MP from Alberta, says "absolutely" Paulson should speak out publicly and reign in provincial chief firearms officers (CFOs) who insist they can force gun shops to register legal purchases of unrestricted firearms in paper ledgers, despite the abolition of the long-gun registry.
"The public safety minister has made the position of the government of Canada clear and I think it's equally incumbent upon the commissioner of the RCMP to instruct the CFO, who is accountable to him, to comply with Bill C-19 and the express wishes of the government of Canada," said Rathgeber.
Ontario's CFO has defied Toews, insisting nothing will change without an order from the RCMP.
Rathgeber calls that an "untenable" situation.
"If he's disobeying the directive of the public safety minister of the government of Canada, I can't imagine how that wouldn't be grounds for discipline - severe discipline," he said.
Candice Hoeppner, a Tory MP from Manitoba, says the CFO Ontario and those elsewhere who want to keep back-door registries alive should just give it up.
"The long-gun registry is abolished in Canada," said Hoeppner. "It is time that everyone realized that, accept it, and proceed in their jobs."
This is just the latest controversy for the RCMP as it deals with a string of lawsuits over sexual harassment complaints.
The Mounties have not responded to QMI Agency's requests for comment.