Between my musings on G20 health care stupidity, and managing the complexities of being a charge nurse in a busy Emergency Department, this really makes me cranky:
The fate of the gun registry rests with a dozen New Democrats, who are in the position to cast the deciding votes after the party signalled Friday it will not crack the whip by forcing the caucus to support the federal database.
A final vote on a Conservative backbencher’s bill to scrap the registry is expected in the House of Commons as early as this month and New Democrat Joe Comartin said Friday that leader Jack Layton would maintain a long-standing party tradition of allowing MPs to vote with their conscience.
Hmmm, let’s see. Risking the possible loss of a handful of New Democrat MPs by forcing a whipped vote, or definitely saving lives. Let me say it again, slowly, for you, Jack, Our Champion of Public Health Care: gun control is a health care issue.
Okay, I’m not so naïve as to believe that Doing the Right Thing trumps political expediency. But dressing up craven pandering as a matter of conscience makes even jaded, crusty me want to puke.
And of course, the obvious irony: Layton was Chair of the Toronto Board of Health during the ’90s.