Yes, indeed, friends of Peace, Order, and Good Government, that is Canada's Minister of Justice and Attorney General pandering his foul ass off.
It apparently comes from a tweet by Ericka Clarke, who identifies herself as "NFA Field Officer."
Peter Mackay (Attorney General of Canada) rocked a #nocompromise shirt with me today! #nfa #cdnpoli #change #politics pic.twitter.com/lGEhHbzBDJ
— Ericka Clarke (@ericka_clarke) August 23, 2014
That would be the National Firearms Association.
As Clarke points out, the corrupted Canadian maple leaf symbol is captioned "No Compromise."
Let's have a closer look at it from NFA's swag page. These are pins on offer.
(Isn't that sweet? They offer a girly-pink version.)
Now, I don't know anything about guns, but that doesn't look like a varmint-scaring or freezer-filling type weapon to me.
Moreover, the phrase itself is lifted from the org's bigger and scarier USian cousin, the mega-lobby National Rifle Association.
Sadly, cosmic synchronicity strikes.
The top news story today is about a 9-year-old killing her instructor with an Uzi at a place called "Bullets and Burgers." (You can't make this shit up.)
Also, from the Cosmic Whup-Ass Department, there's another story on the latest CONservative
Under a section entitled "I stand with the Conservative Party on the following issues," the members are asked to check off those that apply. "Respecting traditional family values," is one of the options, along with "safe and sensible firearms policies" and "tough-on-crime approach."
If only the CON Brain [sic] Trust could have seen into the future, I'm sure another option would have been "respecting the rights of young children to play with heavy assault weapons while their parents had a burger and a brew".
As I asked on Twitter: Has any other Attorney General of a supposedly civilized nation ever panderingly posed with butchered national logo on his chest with a bunch of gunnnutz?
I'm pretty sure no other Canadian Attorney General has.
But then no other Canadian Attorney General has posed with a police department and a tank before either.
That's New Glascow, Nova Scotia, population in 2011 a tad over 9,000.
So, fellow and sister Canadians, is Canada unrecognizable yet?
UPDATE: Huffington Post: MacKay was duped into posing in offensive NFA t-shirt.
While that's really not hard to believe, Stephen Lautens opines:
If he's that big a dupe, let's hope MacKay's next clothing encounter is with someone from Victoria's Secret http://t.co/n85LhCpgB8 #cdnpoli
— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) August 27, 2014
Added: Duped is the absolutely most correct word for Petey.
MacKay has quite the history of blaming others for his boo-boos, doesn't he?
UPDATED: Challenged to make photoshop good on his Victoria's Secret idea, Stephen pops this out instead. (Some are very relieved.)
MORE UPDATE: CBC.
EVEN MORE: Lautens is on a roll. Check out #MacKayTees on Twitter. Fun!
UPDATE (August 28/14) About that "duped" angle.
Dammit, double dammit. Ericka Clarke insulted me on twitter four times, telling me that the other guy in the photo whom I'd called the other doofus is a vet who'd "sacrificed life and limb". She told me to "keep it classy." Just now I was trying to embed one of those tweets here and discovered that SHE'D DELETED THEM ALL AND LIKE AN IDIOT I DIDN'T TAKE SCREEN SHOTS.
The cowardice of these people knows no bounds.
MEA CULPA: I was wrong.
@fernhilldammit That would be the injured veteran you so lovingly called a 'doofus'. He sacrificed life and limb for your rights. Continue.— Ericka Clarke (@ericka_clarke) August 28, 2014
She didn't delete.
UPDATE: From harebell in the comments. This is priceless. The doofus is a liar and Ericka is a shameless schemer.
LAST (I promise) UPDATE: The Star ran a story on #MacKayTees with lots of Stephen Lautens's photoshopped creations but failed to credit him despite his name running up the side and the fact that the Lautens family has a long and current relationship with the paper. At his own blog, Stephen has collected the whole set for our enjoyment. Thanks, Stephen.