The CPC will never touch this issue again. They will do like they have done with the same-sex marriage issue and say that they tried, but that there was no appetite for getting rid of the registry.
The gun owners are about to get screwed just like the socons did.
And here in reply to another poster:
Connie, the CPC proper may not, but I guarantee every executive in rural ridings will be pounding this issue during the next election campaign.
What the CPC leadership does to control parliament is one thing, but even Harper knows that during a campaign he has absolutely no power.
As has been said by others on this board, Harper has one election left in him. Then it is a whole new game.
Yes, this was very well played on Harper's part. It was a move that will solidify his base, and he now has an excuse to avoid this issue from now on. The best hope for gun owners is for Harper to NOT win a majority so that we can replace him with someone who actually wants to do some good instead of playing politics.
And today The Jurist doubles down on the notion; detailing the opportunities the ReformaTories have whiffed on:
Since taking office, the Cons have introduced three government bills which would have had the effect of repealing the long gun registry. And as the governing party, they've had full control as to when the bills would be debated and voted on.
And pointing out exactly where the blame lies:
But with the Cons telling rural voters that the registry is the only issue that matters and that he has some interest in getting rid of it, it's well worth pointing out that the registry only exists today because Stephen Harper chose to leave it in place.
So, I ask again: Why wasn't this a government bill?
And I answer again: Because the issue is double-plus-good: a wedge and a cash-cow.
BONUS: EKOS poll suggests Stevie Peevie may have shot self in foot.