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Solemn ceremonies mark 'Montreal Massacre' 20th anniversary

Solemn ceremonies will be held across the country today to mark the 20th anniversary of Canada’s worst mass shooting.

Fourteen women died when shooter Marc Lepine opened fire in Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique on December 6th, 1989.

Lepine turned the gun on himself after his 20-minute rampage, that also wounded 13 others.

The so-called “Montreal Massacre” prompted a toughening of Canada’s gun control laws.

But last month, Conservatives MPs,  along with a handful of Liberals and New Democrats, voted in principle to kill the long gun registry.

The move sparked an emotional response in Quebec as Montreal’s police chief, survivors of the massacre and a gun victim’s mother urged politicians to support the registry.