Everywhere I’m reading from blogs, pundits; mainly the Harpercon cheerleaders; all saying that Stevie will get his majority due to this loss; he will campaign pretty much solely on scrapping the registry. They actually think he will be successful! That’s fine. I wouldn’t expect anything less. Pathetic, really. One trick pony for the one track mind; cute!
…But that was before Manitoba’s James Bezan hee-hawed his way on to YouTube — complete with horse and cowboy hat — and Breitkreuz mused about a clandestine police scheme to wrench guns from cold Canadian hands. Along with looking and sounding foolish, the two Conservative MPs exposed the soft underbelly of a Harper strategy that once seemed bulletproof.
Instead of a risk-free run at the registry, Conservatives now face layered and linked dangers. By attacking police chiefs, Conservatives created a contradiction within their law and order agenda.
Whether one is for the registry or against, if they stopped to think about it, the Harpercons packaged it poorly. It’s the same thing for any bill or any piece of legislation; it could be the most popular thing in the country, but if it’s badly packaged, odds are it would be, at the very least, more difficult to pass.
As for those 12 NDP ridings and those thinking the Harpercons will scoop them up in one fell swoop; don’t buy into it; it’s far from a fait accompli. Here is a breakdown of the voting patterns and the 2008 voting results from those ridings. As you will see, in many of them, either the ridings are longtime NDP strongholds, or the Liberals are in second place or three way tie with Harpercons and Liberals. And this, with Steve yammering about scrapping the gun registry.
Of course, this vow of Steve’s to campaign on scrapping the registry is a trap. I think we’re all smart enough to know this. Hopefully, all opposition parties will be too and they not only avoid the trap, but actually capitalize on the Harpercons’ divisiveness.
Before I go on, I was disgusted with the Harpercons’ heckling of Scott Simms when he took his turn to vote last night. But then, what do you expect from an MP who allowed a flunkie to advocate the beating of Iggy black and blue? Like Iggy or not, it’s not civilized behavior and it only reinforces to Canadians that these Harpercons like Brute Breitkreuz advocate violence toward others. Really! Tasteless and despicable! And many of the anti gun control folks resent us for calling them rednecks? Here’s a thought; stop behaving that way. At least, try to pretend to show empathy for your fellow man.
Equally, I find the Harpercons’ laissez-faire attitude regarding domestic violence as well as dismissing victims’ and victims’ families’ groups, nothing short of disrespectful, not to mention, frightening to say the least.
Go figure, domestic violence is ok, but pot smoking, gambling or runnning a bawdy house, which hurt no one are mortal sins in the land of Harpercon.
After Deficit Jim’s psychotic breakdown before the Canadian Club, (Scott Feschuk does a great job translating Harpercon nervous breakdown), he has shown the Harpercons’ desperation more than anything else.
Whether or not the NDP and the Liberals will really ‘fix’ the gun registry or not really shouldn’t be a priority and definitely shouldn’t dominate the debate now. Either way, according to parliamentary rules, this issue cannot come back during this session of parliament. Time to move on, now. There are indeed more pressing matters and they should be taken care of at once.
Furthermore, not only has Steve succeeded in pitting east v west and rural v urban Canadian, but he has managed to have Liberals (supporters too) v NDP in the worst possible way as of late. They should somehow try to find common ground as soon as possible. I would say the best way to achieve this is to come out with a pressing issue we hardly hear about anymore; an issue that united most Canadians and angered by Stevie Spiteful. Yes, I’m referring to the mandatory long form census.
Remember, not that long ago, when Steve scrapped the mandatory long form census over summer vacation without dialogue or debate? How pretty much all Canadians, with the exception of the usual tea-bagging element, all united in anger against Steve? Right, left; urban, rural; east, west; business groups, economists, working class, non-profit groups, political parties of most stripes from all levels; hell, even one of Steve’s MPs, James Rajotte of Edmonton-Leduc; various media outlets...you get the idea. The Liberals are going to be introducing a private members’ bill to reinstate the mandatory long form census, minus as it was before, minus the threat of jail attached. From what I’ve heard on the radio this evening, the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois will be voting for this bill. And yes, unlike C-391, it is a real private members’ bill. Although, no doubt, Steve will be whipping James Rajotte (as well as other MPs who may be in favour of keeping the census, or at the very least want to discuss its’ merits) if he hasn’t been whipped already. It would be a great start.
There are other pressing issues, such as looking into how Sean Bruyea’s medical records were leaked.
There are other issues that concern all Canadians that also need to be addressed; jobs, which are still being lost and not being recuperated, I don’t care how the Harpercons and their cheerleaders paint this; universal health care, education, child care. Pensions; many of us are worried that we may never see retirement, no matter where we live. It needs to be addressed. A budget is coming up soon which promises to be austere, despite warnings from economists and bank executives of the consequences of such actions. A budget sure to be chock full of poison pills.
Not to mention, those tough on crime bills as well as that super mega-prison Steve wants to build to fill with ol’ Stock Day’s ‘unreported’ criminals and those who break Rob Nicholson’s proposed new laws. By the by, a question; I wonder how Steve will view those law abiding rural farmers and hunters he doesn’t want to criminalize with a gun registry, who would break any of Rob Nicholson’s new proposed laws? Here they are again (bold is my commentary):
The crimes now designated as serious offences include:
- Keeping a common gaming or betting house–I guess no more friendly nickel and dime poker games with the boys
- Betting, pool-selling and bookmaking–No more hockey pools or group lottery purchases, I guess, among friends and co-workers.
- Committing offences in relation to lotteries and games of chance.–Such as? Strip poker? Don’t they have such laws ont the books with regards to lotteries?
- Cheating while playing a game or in holding the stakes for a game or in betting.–Does that mean that casinos have to stop fixing games? Does that mean young Johnny has to stop cheating while playing Sunday night monopoly on family night?
- Keeping a common bawdy-house.–Many escorts/prostitutes do receive clients in their own homes and/or clients receive the escort/prostitute in their little ‘love nests’ (secondary apartments if they’re married)
- Various offences in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act relating to the trafficking, importing, exporting or production of certain drugs.–Grow ops; probably also means no more pot permits for medicinal use; explains the clamp down on compassion clubs. They’re already attempting to close down Vancouver’s safe injection Insite program
Just a question: would Steve still not want to ‘criminalize’ them? Somehow, I think he would have no problem locking them up in his super-prisons.
See? Much more important matters to deal with. Time to move on.