As if a global pandemic wasn't bad enough, Canadians are also reeling from the Nova Scotia shooting that tragically left 23 people dead. The event has drawn attention to gun control legislation. However, the government is not even allowed to discuss it right now.

Following his April 22 address, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a question about strengthening gun control measures, and whether or not Parliament could address this issue in its reduced form.

The Liberal leader confirmed that he is looking at reintroducing gun control legislation that was ready before Parliament was suspended, but current rules prevent him from doing so.

"The rules around the unanimous consent motion that governs the return of Parliament in a reduced state specifically state that we need to only introduce measures that are related to COVID-19," the Prime Minister said.

"But we will certainly be seeing with other parties if there is an appetite to move forward more quickly given the measures in place, given the tragedy we just had."

According to chapter 12 of the House of Commons Procedure And Practice, unanimous consent "is used as a means either of expediting the routine business of the House or of extending the courtesies of the House."

This has been demonstrated by the speed and frequency of bills being passed in regard to financial aid during the ongoing pandemic.

Trudeau noted that he and his party had made commitments pertaining to gun legislation during the last election.

While he acknowledged that there are two sides to the argument and that there is a need for debate in Canada, he also said that his focus is on strengthening gun control.

That includes a full ban on assault-style weapons throughout the country.

"They have no place in our communities and our country," Trudeau said, "and that's why we will be moving forward with legislation to ban them."

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