Peter Stoffer on the Long-gun registry

CBC News and the Chronicle Herald are reporting this morning that NDP MP Peter Stoffer is walking away from his long-time opposition to the long-gun registry because his constituents now support it, according to him. He’s been a Member for quite some time. Did he just ask his constituents on the weekend how they felt? Or are we witnessing the gradual behind-the-scenes whipping of the NDP caucus?

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  • Mthielen

    It only lost by 2 votes. And only because of whipping and threats. I really don’t see that iggy would kick any of his few mps out of caucus. What if the threat was, vote with me so we keep the liberal party, or vote against and Jack and I are going to form a coalition and you wont be part of it.
    What if that was the threat Layton also used in Regina. Remember, he admitted that he had worked on his coalition plan before the last election. Wonder what is on the rest of that tape.

  • Mthielen

    It only lost by 2 votes. And only because of whipping and threats. I really don’t see that iggy would kick any of his few mps out of caucus. What if the threat was, vote with me so we keep the liberal party, or vote against and Jack and I are going to form a coalition and you wont be part of it.
    What if that was the threat Layton also used in Regina. Remember, he admitted that he had worked on his coalition plan before the last election. Wonder what is on the rest of that tape.

  • Gayle

    1. I do not claim the registry prevents crime. I point out that it is useful to solve crime.

    2. Yes, the police certainly do have to be prepared in case there is a gun in a car they stop. That’s kind of obvious.

    3. If you do not think solving crime is important, can you please write Stephen Harper a letter and ask him to disband the DNA registry, the sex offenders registry, and the fingerprint registry? For that matter, why bother with the police at all?

  • Gayle

    1. I do not claim the registry prevents crime. I point out that it is useful to solve crime.

    2. Yes, the police certainly do have to be prepared in case there is a gun in a car they stop. That’s kind of obvious.

    3. If you do not think solving crime is important, can you please write Stephen Harper a letter and ask him to disband the DNA registry, the sex offenders registry, and the fingerprint registry? For that matter, why bother with the police at all?

  • Gayle

    Did you know Edmonton elected 2 liberal MP’s after the gun registry was implemented?

  • Gayle

    Did you know Edmonton elected 2 liberal MP’s after the gun registry was implemented?

  • Gabby in QC

    Gayle says: “Clearly you had some trouble understanding this the first time around.”

    Then Gayle, assuming her English professor mantle, writes: “I understand your tendance [sic] …”

    As always, thanks for the laughs, dear one.

  • Gabby in QC

    Gayle says: “Clearly you had some trouble understanding this the first time around.”

    Then Gayle, assuming her English professor mantle, writes: “I understand your tendance [sic] …”

    As always, thanks for the laughs, dear one.

  • Tymcher

    It’s amazing, when you ask supporters of the gun registry why they are in favour of it, the first thing they say is because the Chiefs of Police say it’s a good thing. Many front line police officers say it’s a waste. Any cop that relies on the registry to protect him should turn in his badge. The day they can guarantee me that criminals will register their guns and more importantly someone who will actually use a gun in a criminal offence will register their gun, I will support it.

  • Tymcher

    It’s amazing, when you ask supporters of the gun registry why they are in favour of it, the first thing they say is because the Chiefs of Police say it’s a good thing. Many front line police officers say it’s a waste. Any cop that relies on the registry to protect him should turn in his badge. The day they can guarantee me that criminals will register their guns and more importantly someone who will actually use a gun in a criminal offence will register their gun, I will support it.

  • Gayle

    Hey. You are right. A typo is just the same as poor reading comprehension!

    I feel sorry for you – you seem so frantic about “proving” me wrong that you actually think you have something here.

    I will leave you to savour your little victory here. Have a nice day!

  • Gayle

    Hey. You are right. A typo is just the same as poor reading comprehension!

    I feel sorry for you – you seem so frantic about “proving” me wrong that you actually think you have something here.

    I will leave you to savour your little victory here. Have a nice day!

  • Gayle

    No one cares if you support it, so I doubt anyone is going to bend over backwards to meet your impossible conditions.

    But since you set such a high standard, why don’t you ask Harper to guarantee crime prevention before he spends billions of your dollars on his tough on crime policies – policies I know for a fact are not supported by some front line police officers, by the way.

  • Gayle

    No one cares if you support it, so I doubt anyone is going to bend over backwards to meet your impossible conditions.

    But since you set such a high standard, why don’t you ask Harper to guarantee crime prevention before he spends billions of your dollars on his tough on crime policies – policies I know for a fact are not supported by some front line police officers, by the way.

  • Gabby in QC

    Gayle, dear, your entire sentence read: “While I understand your tendance to take some words and pretend they mean something totally different, it simply is not the case here.”

    The meaning of the word used in your sentence “tendance” means:
    “tend·ance   
    1. attention; care; ministration, as to the sick.
    2. Archaic . servants or attendants.

    It struck my funny bone, a bone which your body apparently lacks.
    Why did it strike me funny? Partly because of your habitual pomposity, which has not diminished through your travels across the blogosphere.

    But I won’t belabour the point about your probable prevarication re: reading the RCMP report, Gayle. Your retorts have grown really boring, despite the occasional flashes of unintended humour, so I bid you fare thee well.

  • Tom

    You all miss the point. This is supposed to be a free democratic Country, whatever the majority want’s is whats right. On the next election the NDP and the Liberals will find
    out what the people want. Harper must be laughing behind closed doors, the NDP has just
    handed them a majority on a Golden Platter, Good Bye Long Gun Registry!

  • Gayle

    So if 48% want to keep the registry, and only 38% want to scrap it, then it should stay, right? And assuming these numbers stay this way, Harper would be violating the will of the people by continuing with plans to scrap it, right?

    http://news.therecord.com/article/773465

    But I think I like where you are going with this. The majority of Canadians voted for parties other than the CPC, so when the three opposition parties agree on something, Harper should agree since they represent the majority, right?