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The federal government is looking for help with its latest firearms ban and buyback program, announced on May 1.

According to a posting on BuyAndSell.gc.ca, a website the feds use for procurement services and selling off surplus property, Public Safety Canada is looking for a private company to come up with a “Compensation Model and Program Design Options for a Potential Buyback Program for Recently Prohibited Firearms.” Translation: The Liberals want a private company to figure out how to run the gun grab program, and figure out how to organize the payouts.

What’s the plan?

The website says the work will be done in two phases. In Phase One, the contractor will “consult with other government departments, potentially consult with other levels of government, as well as additional experts in the industry to create compensation model options that include, at a minimum, the following:

– Identification of a proposed compensation structure for each affected firearm;

– Analysis of benefits and risks associated with each compensation model; and

– Identification of other considerations that may impact the feasibility of each approach and/or model.”

In Phase 2, “the work … will include the review and revision, where required, of the program design steps and processes to align with the decision made at the end of Phase 1. This phase will also include the implementation of the selected process options, associated controls and system improvements, if required.”

So, whichever company wins the bid will work together with government and “industry experts” to figure out how to make everything work. The company may potentially also run the program when it’s time to implement it. The contractor must complete Phase 1 by March 31, 2021. Bidding closes on September 9, 2020.

The feds specifically asked 15 companies to consider bidding, including CGI Information Systems and Management Consultants Inc, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Consulting Inc., IBM Canada and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The government is supposedly open to other companies’ interest as well. You can find a list of interested suppliers here. The whole Tender Notice is here.

The story so far

The federal government announced its new firearms ban and buyback on May 1, in the wake of April’s mass killings in Nova Scotia. Instead of passing new legislation, the government rolled out the ban via an Order in Council. Since its introduction, the Order in Council has been criticized for its errors, and lack of logic. A list of rifles and shotguns are banned by name, regardless of their design or intended use. The ban prohibits other firearms for their muzzle energy—again, regardless of their intended use.

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