November 28, 2017 1:17 pm
Updated: November 28, 2017 7:26 pm

Quebec gun lobby group facing criticism for rally at Polytechnique memorial

WATCH: A pro-gun lobby group in Quebec is planning to hold a rally at a memorial site dedicated to the 14 women killed at École polytechnique in 1989. As Global's Raquel Fletcher reports, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante is fuming.

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A pro-gun lobby group in Quebec is under fire for its decision to hold a rally at a memorial site for the 14 women who were killed at École polytechnique in 1989.

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Guy Morin, the group’s vice-president, is defending the event at Place du 6 décembre and says it has been in the works for the better part of a month.

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The park is named after the date in 1989 when a gunman murdered the 14 women because of their gender.

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Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and Quebec Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux are among those who are critical of the decision to go ahead with the so-called “gunnies” meeting this Saturday, not far from the Montreal engineering school.

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They say holding such an event shows a lack of respect for the victims.

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Morin says he has respect for the victims and their families and wants to reach out to the anti-gun lobby to find what he calls real solutions to the issue.

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