What the Canadian Opposition parties don’t want you to know
by Dennis E. Florian
Gun Owners’ Resource Staff
Gun grabbers are a peculiar bunch; seemingly a bundle of contradictions. Not really, though, when you stop to think about it for more than a few seconds. Whenever something bad happens within a mile or so of a gun, they weep, wail and gnash their teeth in the loudest manner imaginable. When they want to get about their malevolent little business, on the other hand, they prefer the darkness.
This really shouldn’t surprise anyone, though. Those who seek to undermine and violate human rights have always had an instinctual understanding that their work must be done far from the light of the scrutiny of the common citizen. The proles must be kept ignorant at all costs.
If ever there were any lingering doubts about the Machiavellian intentions of the Canadian Opposition parties when it comes to the rights (both gun and otherwise) of Canadian citizens, they can now be put to rest.
On Monday, June 15, 2009, in a meeting of the subcommittee on private members business, opposition MPs Marlene Jennings (Liberal), Christiane Gagnon (Bloc), and Chris Charleton (NDP) trid their best to kill Manitoba Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner’s Bill C-391 even though there are no procedural grounds keeping the bill from being votable.
C-391, you might recall, is the supposed successor to Saskatchewan MP Garry Breitkreuz’s Bill C-301. Unlike C-301, however, Hoeppner’s bill does one thing and one thing ONLY; and that is to kill the multi-billion dollar white elephant of the Canadian long gun registry once and for all. Nothing else.
While I’m not in the habit of “YouTubing” here, I think I think it’s a good idea to let everyone hear this for themselves.
Yes, this stuff is going to seem drier than a popcorn fart to most people listening to it — this is a parliamentary subcommittee that we’re listening to here, after all — but it should be listened to anyway.
In the first part, we learn that there are no procedural hurdles remaining for Bill C-391 to clear nor hoops for it to jump through. It’s time for a vote, simple as that. The question, in plain English, is: “do we let C-391 get voted on in the House?” And vote they do. All goes well until the Opposition members suddenly realize that the unwashed masses are actually listening to what they’re doing.
In the second part, the Opposition members — Marlene Jennings (Liberal), Christiane Gagnon (Bloc), and Chris Charleton (NDP) — suddenly find themselves with some very cold feet and manically start tripping over themselves to try and get this little bit of skulduggery moved “in camera.” This is another way of saying, “where no one can see what we’re doing.” The fear and loathing of public scrutiny in their voices is absolutely palpable.
To his credit, in the third, part MP Scott Reid (who was also the only Conservative MP at the table) refuses to sit still for their buffoonery and begins to filibuster.
In the end, it’s sad to say that Jennings, Gagnon and Charleton outvote Reid and get their way: the meeting goes under a rock.
But the cat’s out of the bag, isn’t it? They can run, they can hide, but we all know what they did.