Mayor Plante Warned Of Becoming An 'American-Style Society' When It Comes To Gun Violence

She said it's up to the feds to prevent this from happening in Canada.

Staff Writer
Mayor Plante Warned Of Becoming An 'American-Style Society' When It Comes To Gun Violence

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, accompanied by the mayors of Quebec's other four major cities, put out a statement on Tuesday imploring the Federal government to make a "firm commitment" to fight gun violence and gun trafficking.

"What we want is a clear plan [...] either we head towards an American-style society where the use of guns becomes banal and tragedies happen daily or the federal [government] takes responsibility" and acts on the issue, Plante said at a press conference.

"Cities are taking responsibility and continuing to do everything in their power to prevent violence, fight organized crime and keep our communities safe," the mayors said in a joint statement shared with MTL Blog.

"But we cannot do it all alone. We need a concerted, comprehensive, pan-Canadian effort."

The mayors cited the need to give more resources and funding to policing efforts like the border services or local law enforcement to fight against a surge of gun violence and gun trafficking.

Montreal, for its part, recently upped the funding of the SPVM by $5.5 million.

The City says this funding will allow the SPVM to hire 42 new people, both officers and civilian workers, to reinforce investigative teams and "the fight against criminal groups."

Teddy Elliot
Staff Writer
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