By MARIA MCCLINTOCK, SUN OTTAWA BUREAU
OTTAWA -- To his peers in the Opposition, Tory MP Garry Breitkreuz is known as the gun registry watchdog.
To the Liberal government, he's a thorn in their side.
A former farmer, teacher and principal, Breitkreuz has taken on the gun registry - the part of Canada's gun-control program that's been the focus of bad press - from the moment it was conceived. He's made it his political mission to hammer away at the government over its ballooning costs.
As part of his crusade, Breitkreuz has submitted more than 530 federal Access to Information requests since 1999 in his ongoing efforts to uncover the costs of the gun registry and elements of mismanagement.
Although government figures forecast the costs of the registry at $1 billion - government officials now say that figure is actually hitting $946 million - Breitkreuz insists it's more like $2 billion because other federal departments incur costs for the program that aren't included in the Canadian Firearms Centre's figures.
A poll he commissioned last year showed Canadians of all political stripes believe the gun registry should be scrapped, with the cash funnelled back into law enforcement. "The Liberals are living in their own gun-control dreamland," Breitkreuz said at the time.
Garry Breitkreuz and his assistant Dennis Young have been a two man wrecking crew on the Firearms Act since it's inception in 1995.
There are other MP's who are good on this portfolio as well, but Garry and Dennis have made it their personal mission to expose every lie, every mistruth and every hidden cost of this 2 Billion Dollar Boondoggle.
I truely believe that if not for Garry and Dennis, all of it would have been swept under the carpet and we'd all be getting used to the new gun law instead of fighting it tooth and nail.
I have had the honor of meeting this gentleman, and he is the real deal. Loves liberty, freedom, and will not stand for injustice like the current Canadian gun law.
And the fur is about to fly again ! Another federal audit is underway and it appears that the result are going to turn out just as dirty if not worse than the last one.
So is the registry sunk yet?
Breitkreuz has been attacking this thing for years.
And what will happen if it's scrapped?
The gun law goes back to pre-1995 level?