Mercedes Perez and lawyer Joanna Birenbaum are representing the Coalition for Gun Control at the Mass Casualty Commission.
The Mass Casualty Commission is an independent public inquiry jointly established by the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia. The Commission’s mandate is to investigate the “causes, context and circumstances” giving rise to the April 18 and 19, 2020 mass casualty in Portapique, Nova Scotia and surrounding areas. During this mass casualty event, 22 people were shot and killed by a lone gun man over the course of two days. The Commission will produce a final report outlining its findings, lessons learned and recommendations on March 31, 2023.
The Coalition for Gun Control was founded in response to the 1989 mass casualty at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal that killed 14 women and injured 14 others. The Coalition is comprised of over 200 individuals and organizations representing a diverse set of expertise and interests, including physicians, victims of shooting incidents, women’s organizations and law enforcement. Since 1989, the Coalition has been a recognized leading voice, both domestically and globally, on firearms and firearms policy in Canada.
For more information on the Mass Casualty Commission, including access to Foundational Documents, please follow this link.
For more information on the Coalition for Gun Control, please follow this link.