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Some nice quotes of Julian Fantino on the gun registry.

I thought it would be interesting to see what Julian Fantino has said over the years about the Long-Gun Registry. Recently, he seems very opposed to it, and implies he has been for awhile:

Fantino vowed to maintain his strong stand on opposing the long-gun registry as well as on issues “(he’s) been concerned about for many years.” (QMI, October 15, 2010)

But it seems a while back, he was actually for it, before he was against it:

“We register our cars, we register our marriages, we register everything else. What’s the big deal with registering a gun? (Julian Fantino, CBC Prime Time News, August 25, 1994)

A year later, he was even more full-throated in his approval:

Canada’s police chiefs are urging the Senate to pass the Liberal government’s gun control bill without delay. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is concerned the Conservative-dominated Senate might amend the controversial bill and send it back to the House of Commons. The bill’s requirement to register all firearms, including rifles and shotguns, has angered many rural gun owners and natives who say the measure won’t reduce crime. But a police chief from London, Ont., told the association meeting in Regina on Tuesday that mandatory registration of all firearms will prevent crimes and make police work easier. “A very obvious concern to us in policing is that I want my police officers to know where there are firearms when they respond to calls, especially those that very often entail dangerous situations,” Julian Fantino said. (Canadian Press, August 22, 1995)

Now, over time of course, opinions are allowed to change. Mr Fantino has apparently changed his, and is in a small minority of (former) police chiefs and police who support the Long-gun registry. He’s allowed to do that, but in a riding where I’m betting much more residents support the gun registry then are against it, I wonder how many people will vote for him or change their mind if they realize he now is against it (when he was once for it).

I’m betting more people in Vaughan care about this issue as local issue then other “national” issues, such as the F-35 fighter jet, for example (even though I’m sure the cost of that and the single-source contract with no competition is sure to raise some eyebrows).


19 comments to Some nice quotes of Julian Fantino on the gun registry.

  • Brett

    I do not know, I got it from Robarts Libary at the University of Toronto to read on the way to canvassing blitzed in Vaughan.

  • Brett

    I suggest you read Duty: The Life of a Cop, by Julian Fantino. He has opposed the gun registry for years after it was imposed.

  • Stringer Barry

    It look,s like Julian Fantino is just your regular Politician that will do and say what ever it take’s to get elected.
    Barry Stringer
    Cardiff Ontario

  • TofKW

    Patsy still thinks blogs are bastions of free speech …um no we’re allowed to post under the blog owner’s rules. Don’t like the arrangement? Then create your own blog …which CS did, yet still feels the need to troll around on the various progressive blogs.

    CS Wrote: “It appears some in left are not comfortable with dissent or free speech.”

    Right, go tell that to Stephen Taylor and his fellow flogging bories buddies …they never delete opposing commentary.

    • Jon Pertwee

      @TofKW, that’s because noone with literacy wants to read the ravings of Oakville Crackpot. That’s why she trolls and spams.

      ha ha CanadianSpam. Fitting.

      • Redrum

        @Jon Pertwee, yeah, now that you mention it:

        CanadianSpam & empty calorie Pop Tarts is what they force-feed dead-in-the-water cruise ships — and trolling Tory parties — nowadays. And both stink of rotten seafood and human waste.

        • Redrum

          so I propose that from now on, we should just call her: Klik

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  • I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

    Voltaire, (Attributed); originated in “The Friends of Voltaire”, 1906, by S. G. Tallentyre (Evelyn Beatrice Hall)

    It appears some in left are not comfortable with dissent or free speech. Fortunately this host is not afraid of opinions that don’t reflect his own.

    They are many echo chambers on the Lib blogs, this is not one. Thanks to the host of this blog for conviction.

    • Redrum

      @TwoCents, Stephen Taylor called: he wants his talking point back. (“echo chamber” was _last_ week’s, about letting Kinsella join the Sun, dumb-dumb; _this_ week’s is supposed to be about how the Libs were supposedly committed to the jets since ’97).

      But dubious Voltaire quotes, ooh, that sounds fun; how ’bout these (some which apply spot-on to you; some which may want you to think twice about appealing to his particular authority):

      A witty saying proves nothing.

      The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.

      Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.

      It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.

      Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

      As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.

      Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.

      It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.

      Injustice in the end produces independence.

      An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.

      In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.

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      • Redrum

        oh, and in the spirit of his, “The H.R.E. is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire,”

        “CanadianSense” neither Can, nor is worthy of representing her Nation, nor has Sense.

  • TofKW

    CanadianSense = spam

    Oui, c’est possible!

  • “I would be delighted to take a shot at the Conservatives for their apparent intention to go sole-source on this whopper of a contract, but I can’t,” he says.

    Kenny dismisses Ignatieff’s argument that tendering the purchase might secure a lower price from the Lockheed Martin, noting the fighter is being built as part of a multi-national consortium.

    “With all these countries involved, is one country going to get gouged on pricing when it knows what the others are paying? That doesn’t make sense,” he wrote.

    And he echoes Stephen Harper’s warning that any delay or cancellation of the deal could result in lost jobs in the country’s aerospace industry.

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  • Perhaps Tony can explain the Green Energy Act and it will impact residents when they heat their homes. The efforts to increase EI payments by nearly half the Liberal caucus. The national daycare, home care, American deserter, Mining ethics, tax funded abortion for Maternal health being proposed by many in the Liberal Party.

    You look at the Census make up the riding? What is the religious make up of those residents? Do you think they support the Liberal defense for the return of Omar Khadr?

    So many issues of why Liberals no longer a credible political force in many parts of Canada. Don’t you ever wonder why anymore?

    I am impressed how some people like to make up facts. Do you have any empirical evidence what the residents of Vaughan think regarding the wasteful billion dollar boondoggle created by the Liberals? (The glove does not fit)

    I am confident the residents in most ridings worry about real issues like Hydro bills, property taxes and how they can afford their retirement or send their kids to university.

    Playing politics with the lives of our military is a pattern for parties lacking in principles. From Sea kings to F35 there is no shame for Liberals in stunts regardless of the cots. Liberals earned the “decade of darkness” from the military.

    “Uncertainty about this decision is hurting us,” said the association’s president Claude Lajeunesse. “It is jeopardizing investment decisions. It is jeopardizing the creation of value-added jobs that Canadians need. Any uncertainty around Canada’s decision or signals to our partners in the program that Canada may not proceed with this acquisition will jeopardize our sector’s ability to secure our maximum share of this enduring and value-added work.”

    A public “competition” for this contract would result in a circus. The alternatives have all been closely examined. The other aircraft are not in the same league. There are no real competitors. A forced competition would take years, cost millions of dollars and generate intense lobbying that would contaminate the process. In the meantime, many industrial opportunities would be lost. It is a myth that such a competition would produce better value for taxpayers.I am particularly appalled at the Liberal announcement that they would cancel this contract at the first opportunity. As a former Sea King squadron commander earlier in my career, I know only too well the consequences of such political games.
    Lt.-Gen. (Ret.) Angus Watt is former chief of the air staff (2007-09)Gazette Article

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