Canada: Bid to preserve long-gun registry

A coalition including a survivor of the 1989 Polytechnique massacre has urged sympathetic MPs to band together to vote down a private member's bill which proposes the abolition of Canada's long-gun registry. Heidi Rathjen, who survived the attack by a gunman which killed 14 female students, said the inaction of sympathetic MPs had allowed the bill to pass its second reading. She urged Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton to enforce a party line against the bill, rather than allowing a free vote. Currently, the registry records information on an estimated seven million shotguns and rifles.  Bloc Québécois MP Thierry St-Cyr intends to present a petition against the bill on International Women's Day, 8 March.