New Democrats Bail on the Gun Registry

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:

Yet Another MP Who Has Never Seen a Gunshot Wound to the Face

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.

[via Big City Liberal Strikes Back]

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  1. #1 by Bina on Monday 07 June 2010 - 1027

    This pisses me off no end. At this rate there’ll be no one left for me to vote for. I was a university student during the Montreal Massacre, and every time I looked at the photos of those murdered women, it was like looking in a mirror. I couldn’t stop thinking how any one of them could have been me. In fact, I was more likely than most to be a target, since I volunteered at the campus women’s centre and had spoken out against rampant sexism on campus (including an ugly mockery of some anti-date-rape signs.)

    I guess the NDP would rather pander to backwoods yahoos than bend to common sense. Sad to think that votes matter more to them than lives. But this could lose them MY vote, if they don’t wise up.

    • #2 by Anonymous on Monday 07 June 2010 - 2226

      whaaaaaa whaaaaaaaa whaaaaaaaa, damn feminist

      • #3 by torontoemerg on Tuesday 08 June 2010 - 2226

        I love intelligent commentary.

        For his next comment he’ll give us a selection of infantile gurgles for our enlightenment and edification..

  2. #4 by Liamyoung on Monday 07 June 2010 - 1119

    Do we know who the 12 NDP MPs are? If so, we can contact them and ask them to make sure they vote to support the gun registry (and oppose the private member’s bill).

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