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The French Senate has approved the return of 15 works of art looted from Jews during World War II, the latest step in a process that began in the National Assembly in January. This decision will open the door to new restitutions.

It is the first time in 70 years that the French government has taken serious measures to return works of art “which were acquired in troubling circumstances during the occupation due to anti-Semitic persecution”, said the French Minister of Health. Culture, Roselyne Bachelot.

Legislation allows public museums to return works to the heirs of the original owners.

One of the 15 paintings in question is Rosebushes under the trees by Gustav Klimt, the only painting by the Austrian master belonging to the French state.

It was acquired by the Orsay Museum in 1980, although research revealed that she had been forcibly sold by Austrian collector Eleonore Stiasny in Vienna in 1938, before being deported and killed.

Among the other works of art, 12 are held by the Orsay, the Louvre and the museum of the castle of Compiègne, as well as a painting by Maurice Utrillo preserved in the Utrillo-Valadon museum in the northwest of Paris.

An amendment to the legislation in January added a painting by Marc Chagall housed in the Pompidou Museum.

The Senate approved the bill after it was passed by the National Assembly in late January.

It now requires the signature of President Emmanuel Macron to enter into force.

Bachelot said the legislation is the “first step” in returning objects “still held in public collections – objects that shouldn’t and never should have been there”.

Tens of thousands of paintings were looted or forcibly acquired during the Nazi occupation of France, and have since been held in custody by public museums such as the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre.

Of around 2,200 works of art held by the French state, some 170 have been returned to their owners since 1951.

In 2018, the government set up a special unit to try to trace the owners’ heirs, rather than waiting for them to come forward.

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The French Senate formalizes its apologies to the Algerian harkis and their families https://long-champbags.com/the-french-senate-formalizes-its-apologies-to-the-algerian-harkis-and-their-families/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 14:17:30 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/the-french-senate-formalizes-its-apologies-to-the-algerian-harkis-and-their-families/ Published on: 02/16/2022 – 15:17 Sixty years after the end of the Algerian war of independence, the French Senate has validated a bill formalizing an apology to Algerian Harki soldiers who fought on behalf of the French colonial army. It paves the way for compensation for thousands of family members and descendants who were forced […]]]>

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Sixty years after the end of the Algerian war of independence, the French Senate has validated a bill formalizing an apology to Algerian Harki soldiers who fought on behalf of the French colonial army. It paves the way for compensation for thousands of family members and descendants who were forced to live in squalid conditions upon their arrival in France.

This decision is the culmination of measures taken by President Emmanuel Macron who asked “forgiveness” to the Harkis during a ceremony on September 20.

“France did not pay its due to the Harkis, their wives, their children after the war,” he said, adding that “the Harkis gave their strength, shed their blood for France.”

The Harkis were the Algerian Muslims who fought alongside the French during the War of Independence, but were then left to their own devices after the signing of the peace accords in Evian on March 18, 1962.

This bill is “that of the recognition by the nation of a deep wound, of a French tragedy, of a dark page in our history”, declared the Minister Delegate for Veterans Affairs, Geneviève Darrieussecq.

“We are moving forward on the path of reconciliation and memory, which we know will take time”, declared the rapporteur of the bill Marie-Pierre Richer of the Republicans (LR) about the text approved by the lower house of parliament (National Assembly) Last week.

Emotions are at their peak

“No text could heal the wounds of a war”, echoed Laurent Burgoa (LR), illustrating the level of emotion associated with the debate, both among politicians and in the harki community itself .

As many as 200,000 Harkis – the name comes from the Arabic word for “movement” – fought for French colonial power during the bloody 1954-1962 war against Algeria’s National Liberation Front (FLN).

There were atrocities on both sides and the conflict claimed at least 400,000 lives.

The law recognizes the “mistreatment” of some 90,000 harkis who fled to France at the end of the war. About half of them were forced to live for years in squalid internment camps.

These villages in the forest were “places of banishment where some died, and many were traumatized,” Darrieussecq said.

The law aims to provide compensation ranging from €2,000 to €15,000 depending on the time spent in the camps, with sums to be awarded by a special national commission.

Unforgivable acts

About 50,000 people are eligible for this repair, which will cost the government 310 million euros over a period of six years.

There were criticisms that those who missed out also lived in dire circumstances, even though they lived in townsites and were allowed to roam.

A national day of homage was instituted on September 25, following a decree of 2003, a date which will be included in the law.

During a speech at the Elysee Palace in January, Macron also acknowledged the “unforgivable” acts of the French Republic, namely the assassination of dozens of citizens by French soldiers in Algiers and Oran in 1962.

Last Tuesday, Macron also paid tribute to the nine victims of an attack on a Paris metro station on February 8, 1962 which coincided with a peace rally organized in Algiers on the same day.


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French Senate passes bill to return art stolen from Jews https://long-champbags.com/french-senate-passes-bill-to-return-art-stolen-from-jews/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 22:12:25 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/french-senate-passes-bill-to-return-art-stolen-from-jews/ PARIS, February 16. /Then 24/. The Senate (upper house of parliament) of France has approved in final reading a bill on the return of art objects confiscated from Jewish families during the Second World War, and which are today in the collections of French museums . This was reported by the Senate press service on […]]]>

PARIS, February 16. /Then 24/. The Senate (upper house of parliament) of France has approved in final reading a bill on the return of art objects confiscated from Jewish families during the Second World War, and which are today in the collections of French museums . This was reported by the Senate press service on Tuesday.

In particular, he was called upon to ensure the removal from the national collections of The Rose under the Trees (1905) by Gustav Klimt, 12 works from the Armand Dorville collection and Carrefour à Sannoy (1936-1937) by Maurice Utrillo. After the first reading in the National Assembly (lower house of parliament) of France, the document was modified in order to also transfer to the rightful owners the painting by Marc Chagall “Father” (1911-1912).

“Thanks to parliamentarians, a bill was finally passed to allow the restitution of cultural property stolen during the anti-Semitic persecutions during the Second World War. I am proud of what we have accomplished together. This vote is a credit to France,” she wrote on her Twitter.

11 paintings and a wax figure from the list are kept in the collection of the Louvre, Galerie d’Orsay, Musée du château de Compiègne. Chagall’s painting is currently in the Center Pompidou in Paris – a Polish musician of Jewish origin who emigrated to France in 1958 is recognized as the owner of this painting. In total, a Special Commission for Compensation of Victims of Art Theft, created in France in 1999, determined the owners of 13 out of 15 works listed in the bill.

According to the French Ministry of Culture, from 1939 to 1945, 100,000 works of art were stolen in the country, 60,000 were discovered in Germany after the end of the war and sent back to France. Of these, 45,000 were returned to owners and legal heirs. About 2.2 thousand were transferred to the collections of national museums, another 13 thousand were sold in the early 1950s.

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The French Senate votes to ban the headscarf in sports competitions https://long-champbags.com/the-french-senate-votes-to-ban-the-headscarf-in-sports-competitions-4/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/the-french-senate-votes-to-ban-the-headscarf-in-sports-competitions-4/ The French Senate voted to ban athletes from wearing the headscarf during competitions, a move politicians say was made in the interest of religious neutrality. The disputed decision, contested by the government of Emmanuel Macron, was approved on Tuesday by 160 votes against 143 in the upper house of parliament. Before the vote, senators from […]]]>

The French Senate voted to ban athletes from wearing the headscarf during competitions, a move politicians say was made in the interest of religious neutrality.

The disputed decision, contested by the government of Emmanuel Macron, was approved on Tuesday by 160 votes against 143 in the upper house of parliament.

Before the vote, senators from the right-wing Les Républicains party had amended the bill, which initially concerned “religious symbols”, to explicitly mention “wearing the veil”.

“Today there is legal uncertainty about the wearing of religious symbols, and it is necessary for the state to clearly define the rules,” reads the amendment.

“If the wearing of the veil is not explicitly prohibited, we could see the emergence of community sports clubs promoting certain religious symbols,” he adds.

In addition to their alleged concern for secularism, the senators argued that the headscarves pose a potential safety hazard to those who wear them during sports.

As the members of the National Assembly and the Senate will meet to discuss the text further, the amendment could still be abandoned.

In recent decades, France has been embroiled in controversy over bills that critics say restrict religious freedoms. After banning religious symbols in schools in 2004, the country banned the wearing of full-face veils in public in 2011.

Last year, Mr Macron stepped up surveillance of mosques, schools and sports clubs, saying he wanted to prevent radical Islam from taking hold in France. Some commentators have suggested the president embraced the policy in a cynical attempt to win over right-wing voters ahead of the upcoming election.

It is unclear whether a headscarf ban at sporting events – which is already enforced by the French Football Federation – would affect the Paris Olympics in 2024.

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French Senate debates mandatory helmets – €135 fine proposed for offenders https://long-champbags.com/french-senate-debates-mandatory-helmets-e135-fine-proposed-for-offenders/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 15:05:01 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/french-senate-debates-mandatory-helmets-e135-fine-proposed-for-offenders/ The French Senate this week debated whether wearing a bicycle helmet or using electric scooters should be made compulsory for all adults. Legislation already makes it compulsory for children under the age of 12 to wear a helmet when riding a bike, but the proposed changes would make it the case for everyone. France has […]]]>

The French Senate this week debated whether wearing a bicycle helmet or using electric scooters should be made compulsory for all adults.

Legislation already makes it compulsory for children under the age of 12 to wear a helmet when riding a bike, but the proposed changes would make it the case for everyone.

France has seen a “cycling boom” since the pandemic, with Paris in particular benefiting from improved infrastructure and temporary cycle lanes.

In February, city government figures revealed that new cyclists accounted for almost 60% of ephemeral cycle lane users and that the number of women on bikes had increased by 41%.

> Six out of ten users of pop-up cycle lanes in Paris are new to cycling, according to the city government

However, on Thursday, a motion put forward by Senator Francois Bonneau of the Union centriste group ‘Union centriste’ proposed to make the wearing of helmets compulsory under the sign of improving the safety of users.

Violators would face a fine of €135 and the rules would cover the use of electric scooters as well as bicycles.

In the proposal, Senator Bonneau said: “Only 31% of cyclists wore a helmet in 2020, according to [road safety group] the National Interministerial Road Safety Observatory.

“Cycling deaths have increased by 21% since 2010, and the number of injuries on EDPMs has increased by 40% in one year: 62% were not wearing a helmet.

He also pointed out that helmet use is significantly higher (86%) for private use than self-service rental bikes (9%).

However, the proposals have received heavy criticism from cycling associations who say the debate is a waste of time and that compulsory helmets are a “false good idea”.

Françoise Rossignol, president of the urban cycling group Club des Villes et Territoires Cyclables, pointed out that road safety is more closely linked to the speed of vehicles and the visibility of cyclists, and not to the wearing of helmets.

“It is certainly not [anything to do with] helmets, which are in fact a brake on the practice [of cycling]”, she told a French business newspaper BFM TV.

Green Party politician Senator Jacques Fernique also voiced his opposition to the proposals, saying: “We don’t want this to become a legal thing. Imagine grabbing someone’s electric bike or scooter just because the rider doesn’t don’t wear a helmet!”

This is not the first time that the question of compulsory helmets has been raised in France. In 2016, Senator Hervé Maurey said it would make cyclists safer.

> A French senator calls for a law on compulsory helmets

In June 2019, the National Assembly voted against a mandatory helmet law.



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French Senate approves rules that ban the unvaccinated from cafes and restaurants https://long-champbags.com/french-senate-approves-rules-that-ban-the-unvaccinated-from-cafes-and-restaurants/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 10:07:03 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/french-senate-approves-rules-that-ban-the-unvaccinated-from-cafes-and-restaurants/ The French Senate has approved the government’s new pass for vaccines, a week after President Emmanuel Macron sparked outrage by saying the policy was part of his effort to “fuck off” fools. The bill means that people who are not vaccinated will soon be unable to go to places such as cafes, restaurants and take […]]]>

The French Senate has approved the government’s new pass for vaccines, a week after President Emmanuel Macron sparked outrage by saying the policy was part of his effort to “fuck off” fools.

The bill means that people who are not vaccinated will soon be unable to go to places such as cafes, restaurants and take long-distance public transport.

As part of the current vaccination pass, they may present a recent negative Covid-19 test result to access these facilities and services. However, this option will be abandoned by the latest legislation.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, the French upper house approved the measure by 249 votes to 63, with 26 abstentions.

Before the vote, senators had amended the government bill so that the health pass only applies to those over 18 and can only be used when hospitalizations exceed 10,000. There are currently about 24,000 Covid-19 patients in French hospitals, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

Representatives of the Senate and the National Assembly will meet later Thursday at the Palais Bourbon to try to agree on a final version of the text. If they are successful, votes will take place in both chambers this week.

Mr Macron’s La République En Marche campaign to pressure the unvaccinated comes as France struggles to contain a fifth wave of the virus.

Talk to The Parisian last week, the French president took aim at anti-vaccines, saying that “lies and stupidity” were democracy’s greatest enemy. His government would make life harder for the unvaccinated by reducing their access to social activities “as much as possible”, he added.

His opponents were quick to criticize these remarks, the far-right politician Marine Le Pen deeming them “unworthy of her office”.

France currently has the highest number of coronavirus infections in Europe. A total of 361,719 new cases of Covid-19 and 246 other deaths from the virus were announced on Wednesday.

More than 10,000 classes have had to close due to outbreaks in schools, leading teachers to demand greater protection against Covid-19 from authorities.

In a context of growing discontent, up to 75% of French teachers went on strike on Thursday, according to the teachers’ union SNUIPP.

“The situation since the start of the school year in January has created an indescribable mess and a strong sense of abandonment and anger among school staff,” he said.

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The French Senate adopts an amended bill transforming the health pass into a stricter “vaccine pass” https://long-champbags.com/the-french-senate-adopts-an-amended-bill-transforming-the-health-pass-into-a-stricter-vaccine-pass/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 03:44:39 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/the-french-senate-adopts-an-amended-bill-transforming-the-health-pass-into-a-stricter-vaccine-pass/ Published on: 01/13/2022 – 04:44 The French Senate voted early Thursday morning to pass an amended version of a bill that would transform the country’s health pass into a stricter “vaccine pass”. The bill was passed around 2:30 a.m. Thursday by 249 votes to 63, with 26 abstentions. The vote, chaired by Senate President Gérard […]]]>

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The French Senate voted early Thursday morning to pass an amended version of a bill that would transform the country’s health pass into a stricter “vaccine pass”.

The bill was passed around 2:30 a.m. Thursday by 249 votes to 63, with 26 abstentions. The vote, chaired by Senate President Gérard Larcher of the right-wing Republicans, follows two long days of relatively quiet debate, contrasting with the tumultuous atmosphere that surrounded the adoption of the bill last week in the National Assembly. .

According to the bill, French residents will have to prove their vaccination status to access restaurants and bars, cultural venues or interregional public transport. A negative Covid-19 test will no longer suffice, except for access to health facilities and services.

Members of the Senate and Assembly will meet early Thursday afternoon at the Palais Bourbon, seeking to reach an agreement on a final version of the bill in a joint committee. If an agreement is reached, the bill will be submitted to final votes in the Senate on Thursday and in the Assembly on Friday.

If the two chambers fail to reach an agreement, the bill will return to both chambers for a further round of amendments and vote, with the Assembly having the final say.

The Senate made several amendments limiting the scope of the bill, putting it at odds with the government of President Emmanuel Macron.

Under the Senate bill, the vaccine pass could only be imposed when the number of Covid-19-related hospitalizations exceeds 10,000 nationwide, and would be automatically suspended below that threshold. The number of hospitalized patients is currently approaching 24,000, according to health authorities.

The senators also limited the vaccine pass requirement to people age 18 and older. Minors aged 12 to 17 would still be required to present a simple health pass, for which a negative test is sufficient.

Describing the text as “significantly improved”, Senator Les Républicains Bruno Retailleau warned the Assembly against derogating from the new provisions.

On the left, Socialist Senator Jean-Pierre Sueur noted that the vaccine pass “closes” to the party’s position in favor of compulsory vaccination.

Among those who voted against the bill were 20 Republicans as well as members of the opposition Communist, Republican, Citizen and Ecologist group, which President Eliane Assassi said would impose a “logic of security”.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)


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The French Senate will debate the compulsory wearing of bicycle helmets for adults https://long-champbags.com/the-french-senate-will-debate-the-compulsory-wearing-of-bicycle-helmets-for-adults/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 07:31:15 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/the-french-senate-will-debate-the-compulsory-wearing-of-bicycle-helmets-for-adults/ The Senate is due to debate tomorrow (January 13) on the advisability of making the wearing of bicycle helmets compulsory for adults in France, both for bicycles and for other personal means of transport such as electric scooters. Cycling has grown in popularity in France since 2019 and during the pandemic, but helmets are only […]]]>

The Senate is due to debate tomorrow (January 13) on the advisability of making the wearing of bicycle helmets compulsory for adults in France, both for bicycles and for other personal means of transport such as electric scooters.

Cycling has grown in popularity in France since 2019 and during the pandemic, but helmets are only mandatory for children under 12.

Senator François Bonneau (Centrist Union).

The proposed new law would include a fine of € 135 for people who do not wear helmets.

In his proposal, the Senator specifies: “Only 31% of cyclists wore a helmet in 2020, according to [road safety group] the National Interministerial Road Safety Observatory …

“Cycling fatalities have increased by 21% since 2010, and the number of injuries on EDPM increased by 40% in one year: 62% were not wearing a helmet.

He added that the proportion of people who wear helmets on EDPMs (86%) is considerably higher than the relatively few who wear helmets (9%) on self-service bikes rented through an app.

The safety of cyclists “not to do with helmets”

However, the cycling associations do not support Mr. Bonneau’s suggestion, considering that the debate is a waste of time, since the idea of ​​compulsory helmets is a “false good idea”.

Françoise Rossignol, president of the urban cycling group the Club des Villes et Territoires cyclables, said that helmets make relatively little difference to bicycle safety.

She told BFMTV: “The issue of safety is linked to the speed of vehicles and the visibility of cyclists who, if they are even more numerous, are better protected.

“It is certainly not [anything to do with] helmets, which are in fact a hindrance to practice [of cycling]. “

Senator Jacques Fernique, of the Green Party, agrees that wearing a helmet should not be a legislative issue. He said: “We don’t want this to become a legal thing. Imagine grabbing someone’s electric bike or scooter just because the rider isn’t wearing a helmet! “

From security to economic strength

But part of the debate over mandatory helmets isn’t just about safety.

Val-de-Marne MP Guillaume Gouffier-Cha believes the country needs to invest more to help create a stronger economic sector in bicycle manufacturing and the cycling sector in general.

He and Mrs Rossingol think that it is possible to do more to stimulate cycling in complete safety in France, and to allow the creation of a strong “Made in France” sector is a way to promote it, declared the deputy.

He is expected to submit a report on the proposal in the second half of January, with three scenarios suggested to Prime Minister Jean Castex. He said he would base his suggestions on the “Cycling Plan” launched by former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in 2018.

Mr. Gouffier-Cha said: “[Cycling] is much larger than an industrial sector, it includes infrastructures, services and different uses such as travel, sport and leisure. We need to move from a global budget to a per capita budget comparable to that of other European countries.

He suggests that France sets a budget of € 30 per capita [a strategy that is adopted in many other European countries], instead of the current 10 €, in order to encourage cycling.

He specifies: “This method of calculation stems from the fact that the bicycle is a means of transport in its own right, just like road infrastructure, which represents € 271 per inhabitant, or public transport, which reaches € 473.

“Bicycles currently represent only 1.3% of investment spending in transport,” he said.

On the other hand, the European average is 30 € per person. In the UK and Germany the budget is € 24 per person, while in much of Dutch-speaking Belgium it is € 45.

France has been involved in many debates over whether adults should be required to wear bicycle helmets.

In June 2019, the National Assembly voted against their obligation to make them mandatory, although some MPs believe they are essential for cycling safety.

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The House unanimously adopts the motion of a member from Quebec to create a parliamentary committee to study the trafficking of firearms https://long-champbags.com/the-house-unanimously-adopts-the-motion-of-a-member-from-quebec-to-create-a-parliamentary-committee-to-study-the-trafficking-of-firearms/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 00:39:50 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/the-house-unanimously-adopts-the-motion-of-a-member-from-quebec-to-create-a-parliamentary-committee-to-study-the-trafficking-of-firearms/ OTTAWA – The Bloc Québécois succeeded on Tuesday in speeding up the formation of a parliamentary committee to study the illegal trafficking of firearms in Canada as of Wednesday. During the third week of business in the House of Commons, the formation of committees to study legislation and other parliamentary concerns is still pending. Only […]]]>

OTTAWA – The Bloc Québécois succeeded on Tuesday in speeding up the formation of a parliamentary committee to study the illegal trafficking of firearms in Canada as of Wednesday.

During the third week of business in the House of Commons, the formation of committees to study legislation and other parliamentary concerns is still pending. Only the Finance Committee was formed to deal with a government-introduced bill, C-2, that would review federal support for the pandemic.

On Tuesday morning, the government House leader still promised that all parliamentary committees would be established by December 17, the date of the start of the year-end recess on the Hill.

In the House on Tuesday afternoon, Bloc Québécois MP Kristina Michaud presented a motion that the Committee on Public Safety and National Security be formed that day and that it be charged “with undertaking a study on monitoring. guns, illegal gun trafficking and the increase in gun crime. committed by members of street gangs in priority. “

As there were no objections to his motion, it was immediately carried unanimously.

The committee will summon the federal Minister of Public Safety, Marco Mendicino, for three hours of testimony in response to the Bloc motion. The same invitation was extended to representatives of the RCMP.

The issue of handguns has been a hot topic in Ottawa since the death of Thomas Trudel, a 16-year-old boy who was killed on the evening of November 14 in Montreal’s Saint-Michel neighborhood. Since then, Mayor Valérie Plante and Prime Minister François Legault have called on the federal government to find a way to reduce the flow of handguns in the country.

Last summer during the election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to give the provinces the power to ban handguns if they wanted to, though they are waiting for the bill that would fulfill that promise. .

Quebec claimed this power in a unanimous motion adopted in the National Assembly last February.

This report by La Presse Canadienne was first published in French on December 7, 2021.


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The House unanimously adopts the motion of a member from Quebec to create a parliamentary committee to study the trafficking of firearms https://long-champbags.com/the-house-unanimously-adopts-the-motion-of-a-member-from-quebec-to-create-a-parliamentary-committee-to-study-the-trafficking-of-firearms-2/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 00:39:00 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/the-house-unanimously-adopts-the-motion-of-a-member-from-quebec-to-create-a-parliamentary-committee-to-study-the-trafficking-of-firearms-2/ OTTAWA – The Bloc Québécois succeeded on Tuesday in speeding up the formation of a parliamentary committee to study the illegal trafficking of firearms in Canada as of Wednesday. During the third week of business in the House of Commons, the formation of committees to study legislation and other parliamentary concerns is still pending. Only […]]]>

OTTAWA – The Bloc Québécois succeeded on Tuesday in speeding up the formation of a parliamentary committee to study the illegal trafficking of firearms in Canada as of Wednesday.

During the third week of business in the House of Commons, the formation of committees to study legislation and other parliamentary concerns is still pending. Only the Finance Committee has been formed to deal with a government-introduced bill, C-2, that would reconsider federal support for the pandemic.

On Tuesday morning, the government House leader still promised that all parliamentary committees would be established by December 17, the date of the start of the year-end recess on the Hill.

In the House on Tuesday afternoon, Bloc Québécois MP Kristina Michaud presented a motion that the Public Security and National Committee be formed that day and that it be charged “with undertaking a study on monitoring. guns, illegal gun trafficking and the increase in gun crime. committed by members of street gangs in priority. “

As there were no objections to his motion, it was immediately carried unanimously.

The committee will summon the federal Minister of Public Safety, Marco Mendicino, for three hours of testimony in response to the Bloc motion. The same invitation was extended to representatives of the RCMP.

The handgun issue has been a hot topic in Ottawa since the death of Thomas Trudel, a 16-year-old boy who was killed on the evening of November 14 in Montreal’s Saint-Michel neighborhood. Since then, Mayor Valérie Plante and Prime Minister François Legault have called on the federal government to find a way to reduce the flow of handguns in the country.

Last summer during the election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to give the provinces the power to ban handguns if they wanted to, though they are waiting for the bill that would fulfill that promise. .

Quebec claimed this power in a unanimous motion adopted in the National Assembly last February.

This report by La Presse Canadienne was first published in French on December 7, 2021.


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