Survivors of 2006 Dawson College shooting urge voters not to pick Conservatives

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MONTREAL — Survivors and families of victims of the 2006 Dawson College shooting are warning voters against picking the Conservatives in the Sept. 20 federal election.

The appeal comes on the 15th anniversary of the mass shooting at the Montreal junior college, which took the life of 18-year-old Anastasia De Sousa and injured 19 others.

Survivors and victims' families said today in a news release voters should instead pick the Liberals or the Bloc Québécois, adding that the election will be decisive for gun control.

The Conservative party platform includes a section about repealing a May 2020 Liberal cabinet order that banned 1,500 makes of semi-automatic firearms, but that section has been amended since the election document was released.

Tory Leader Erin O'Toole now says his party would maintain the Liberal cabinet order and that "all firearms that are currently banned will remain banned."

Hayder Kadhim, who was shot at Dawson College in 2006, says a vote for the Conservatives is a vote for the gun lobby.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 13, 2021.

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