Golly. Tell me it's a nightmare. Could that really be Jack Layton preparing to shoot down the gun registry?
Just because he won't
His refusal to whip his caucus, as Michael Ignatieff has done with the Liberals, virtually assures the motion will fail and Bill C-391, which was introduced by Tory MP Candice Hoeppner to end the long-gun registry, will succeed.
Because if the excuse is that Bill C-391 is a Private Member's Bill, excuse me while I pick up my humble pea shooter, and shoot that one full of holes.
(1) The bill to kill the gun registry is not a Private Member's Bill. It's a government bill, whipped by the Cons, and if they can whip their caucus so can you Jack.
(2) Even if it was a PMB, killing the registry could kill Canadians, so there is only one RIGHT way to vote. If it was a bill about human rights would you whip your caucus? Of course you would. Well this one's about human lives so you know what to do.
(3) If this compromise you suggest is any good, then it should be good enough for your caucus. And you should tell them to support the registry or stay at home.
(4) You know why Stephen Harper wants to kill the registry, even though it's effective.
“Instead of driving for solutions, he has used the issue to drive wedges between Canadians. Instead of reaching out, his party is running radio ads vilifying urban registry supporters as the enemy. They’re stoking resentment as a fundraising tool to fill their election war chest.”
So why would you cave in the face of that kind of pressure? Let them threaten the lives of police officers, paramedics, and ordinary citizens. And let them turn our country into Amerika.
(5) You're wrong about this:
NDP LEADER JACK LAYTON SAID MONDAY HE’S NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE BACKLASH THAT MAY COME FROM HIS PARTY HELPING KILL THE LONG GUN REGISTRY.
“YOU CAN’T GO THROUGH LIFE IN POLITICS WORRYING ABOUT WHO IS GOING TO BLAME YOU FOR VOTING ONE WAY OR ANOTHER ON AN ISSUE,” LAYTON TOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE.
Because if the gun registry is killed there will be the biggest backlash this country has ever seen. The Cons and their goomba stooges will feel our righteous wrath the most. But although you are a decent man you will also feel it, for burying the NDP as a party of principle.
So do the right thing Jack. I know you can.
Because as this nurse says it's all about saving lives.
And whatever the gun nutters, or those too lazy, ignorant ,or paranoid to fill out a form say.
It's all about the women...
You see Jack, I just can't forget them, or the kind of less violent Canada their loved ones tried to build by working for a gun registry.
Some things are more important than just politics.
And I will REMEMBER...