Canada’s Liberal Party and New Democratic Party support gun bans and other restrictions on firearm users, the Canadian Shooting Sports Association said, leaving the Conservative Party as the best option for gun owners in this year’s federal election.
The following are excerpts from an e-mail sent by the association today. The editor of TheGunBlog.ca is a member of the association.
The Liberal Party introduced a very nasty gun-ban motion at its last national conference (only voted down after an impassioned plea by realist Hon. Wayne Easter, MP). More recently, Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette introduced a Senate bill that would ban all firearms, except her version of hunting guns. You may not know it, but even Senate bills have to be approved by the party leadership, so it’s safe to assume that this bill is a foreshadowing of things to come from the Liberal Party of Canada. And while party leader Justin Trudeau claims he won’t bring back the long gun registry (probably true) he states he supports strong gun control and can accomplish this through classifications (gun bans) and controlling who has them (prohibitions.)
NDP leader, Thomas Mulcair, has stated many, many times that he would reinstate the long-gun registry. It’s only recently that the rhetoric changed because of its electoral inconvenience. They will also sign the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty and implement the terrifying UN Marking System. There is much more. From the NDP policy book under Section 3.8 (D): Stopping the smuggling of illegal firearms and enable all municipalities, provinces, and territories to implement a ban on handguns.
The Conservative Party of Canada has been, for the most part, respectful of Canada’s firearms community. Indeed, while many MPs (of all political stripes) are gun owners, it seems that very few outside the CPC are willing to proudly stand up and say so. The Harper government has done many positive things for us. Not everything. Not even everything they said they would do. But far more than any other government in the history of Canada. Most importantly, the Harper government is willing to do more and continue down the path towards greater fairness for Canada’s gun owners.