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A case of teabagger-itis: Saskatchewan Conservative MP Garry Breitkreuz

The decision by Michael Ignatieff to oppose the so-called “private members bill” to kill the long-gun registry and whip his members into voting against has sent some Conservatives into a state of apoplexy; none more so then Garry, who had a press release issued from his office, which stated more or less that the Liberals should beat him up for deciding to do so (update: oh, and the Canadian Police Chiefs Association are some kind of cult).

He later apologized, claiming that he didn’t write this and that he didn’t authorize it’s release, and that ‘this language wasn’t me’; except of course Garry has a history of saying rather over-the-top things, as Mr. Kinsella kindly pointed out last night. One could say Garry was an original Tea Party type of guy (folks who rant and say and believe crazy things, is my definition of that), before the Tea Party movement was even officially formed.

By the way, if people are wondering why I call this a “so-called Private members bill”, it’s because for a long time I’ve viewed this as a back-door effort by the Conservative government – trying to hide behind a private members bill and the normally traditional free-vote given to MP’ to pass this. The fact the Conservative government has actively been running pressure ads in the media against opposition MP’s in key ridings when this “private members bill” first came up, and are apparently going to do so again in response to the Liberal decision shows this is anything but a private members bill – it’s a poorly disguised government bill aimed at killing the long-gun registry via the back-door.

I called on the Liberals when this first came up in the House not to treat this sham/charade as a traditional private members bill, when I saw all this effort being made by the government to pressure rural opposition MP’s to pass this, so I’m pleased to see Ignatieff and his brain trust finally realizing that they’ve been getting played, and putting their foot down (along with proposing reforms to the gun registry that their rural MP’s can live with). It’s now up to Jack Layton and the NDP to realize the same thing, and to also call on their members to support official NDP policy and cause this to be a whipped vote.

(This is all presuming of course the bill comes back in it’s original format; I understand the Bill can still be modified/changed in committee, and I’m hoping the opposition MP’s – all who voted against the gun registry bill – modify it enough to render its intent of killing the gun-registry toothless or moot, and throw some poison pills in there that will cause the Conservatives to reject their own bill).

UPDATE @ 8:00 pm: Apparently, the staffer has taken the fall and has “resigned” – who we also find out did some letters to the editor about the gun registry and its evils, without identifying he worked for Garry. These Conservative staffers sure like to astro-turf eh? (you’ll remember Helena Guergis’s staff also did a fair bit of that). Is that on their own time or are they getting instructions?


3 comments to A case of teabagger-itis: Saskatchewan Conservative MP Garry Breitkreuz

  • slg

    Harper was the only Reform MP to vote for a bill establishing the Canadian Firearms Registry at second reading stage in 1995,

    Candice Hoeppner has no expertise on policing issues – her background is communication and I think that’s why she’s being used for this.

    I don’t mean to be mean here, but does she use Botox? Her face doesn’t move.

  • Big Winnie

    Listening to Hoeppner last night on Power Play was a real treat. She insinuated that the registry is only used to look up names and addreses yet Chief Blair stated that without the registry, criminal investigations would be hampered. Leter, on Power and Politics, he said the registry is used to determine if the person in question is licensed and the number/type of weapons that may be at that residence.

  • As we used to say in the 60s… “Right on”.

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