OTTAWA — gun control could prove to be a key challenge for the federal elections next year.
Eighteen months before the election, both the ruling party as the official opposition to establish the foundations of a stake polarizing to try to chip away at a part more volatile of the leading supporters of the rival party.
Justin Trudeau has fired the first salvo with bill C-71, the recent effort of his liberal government to tighten the law on firearms in Canada, including background checks more thoroughly for obtaining a firearms permit and a consignment of records mandatory for vendors.
For curators and activists of the weapons, it resets far too many elements associated with the long-gun registry — a creation of the liberal government of Jean Chrétien, who would be responsible for the loss of several seats of liberal members of parliament, especially in rural areas. The registry was abolished by the conservative government of Stephen Harper.
The liberals are hoping to reverse the roles with a vigorous counterattack. They accuse the conservatives of being the spokesperson for the gun lobby and cling to the platform of leadership campaign of Andrew Scheer, who has been erased from its Web site as soon as he took the reins of the party last may.
In an e-mail from a fundraising campaign last month, the liberal Party disagrees with the conservatives to be in opposition to the measures of “good sense” of the government, while emphasizing that the platform of Mr. Scheer, which included promises to increase the latitude for the commercial promotion of firearms and to reduce bureaucracy for the purchase of arms.
“They take orders from the NRA in Canada,” says the e-mail, referring to the powerful and controversial lobby in the United States, the National Rifle Association.
In the same context, mp for the federal liberal Ottawa-Vanier Mona Fortier has requested last week the commissioner of conflict of interest and ethics to investigate the conservative member of parliament Michelle Rempel in relation to birthday gifts from Tracey Wilson, a lobbyist registered for the canadian Coalition for the right to firearms.
Commissioner Mario Dion has indicated that it would initiate a preliminary inquiry to determine if a thorough investigation is necessary.
The complaint of Ms. Fortier has drawn attention to a video of Ms. Rempel, first published by the lobbyist Tracey Wilson on Facebook before being removed.
“Yay — oh, I’m so excited. I need one,” said conservative member of parliament for Calgary Nose Hill in the video at the time where she admires the holster to the gun.
The control of firearms is an issue polarizing, but this is true in both camps.
The spokesperson for the conservative in matters of public safety Glen Motz said y see a tactic purely defensive, a sign that liberals are concerned that bill C-71 would be detrimental to the members of the training in the rural areas.
“You should know that every time the liberals launch this type of nonsense, they are trying to create a diversion from the real issue which is that the legislation on weapons is neither more nor less than a law to be punitive against owners of firearms canadian law-abiding,” said Mr. Motz.