A rifle owner checks the sight of his rifle at a hunting camp property in rural Ontario, west of Ottawa, on Sept. 15, 2010.

A Conservative MP sponsoring an electronic petition claiming that new Liberal legislation “brings back the useless and ineffective long-gun registry” isn’t deterred by the fact that the bill does no such thing.

“For all intents and purposes, that’s exactly what (the bill) does,” Tory MP Rachael Harder told HuffPost Canada when asked about the language in the e-petition deriding Bill C-71, which already boasts

The public safety minister is quick to reiterate that it is merely the buyer’s licence being verified and that “no information on the firearm itself will be shared with the RCMP.” It’s just good sense for stores to keep records, he said, and that has been the practice in the United States, a considerably more gun-friendly place, for decades.

Given Conservative passions on this file — not so long ago Alberta Tory MP Blaine Calkins taunted in the House that Trudeau Liberals could pry his guns from his “cold, dead hands” — it’s perhaps surprising that the debate over C-71 has been understated, so far.

When Liberals unveiled the bill, Conservatives were seized with pushing for the prime minister’s national security adviser Daniel Jean to appear before a Commons committee to answer questions on Trudeau’s much-maligned India trip. Some of the time set aside to debate C-71 was then lost to the marathon, all-night vote punishing Liberal intransigence.

Tory Leader Andrew Scheer also did not press Liberals on the bill in question period.

“When the Liberals are making so many mistakes in the way that they are governing, which one do you choose?” Harder asked by way of an answer for Scheer’s silence in the Commons on the matter.

‘You have two-thirds of it’

Tory public safety critic Pierre Paul-Hus argued in the House that forcing stores to keep records was an “insidious” way of bringing back the registry.

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Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Sports


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