NDP Leader Jack Layton is proposing a compromise on the fate the federal long-gun registry to address frustrations of northern, rural and aboriginal Canadians when Parliament returns next month.Very good, Mr. Layton. I think these changes are the first step towards creating a better, more fair system of long-gun ownership and registration.... too bad its not your own idea.
... He said his party would introduce legislation in the House to make a first-time failure to register a firearm a non-criminal ticketing offence and to waive fees for new licences.
Under Ignatieff's proposed amendments to the registry, a first-time failure to register a firearm would be non-criminal ticketing offence, while fees for new licences, renewals and upgrades would be eliminated.This was from last April, when Michael Ignatieff proposed the very same changes, and he didn't get a single hint of NDP support. Who's ahead of the curve now, Dippers?
Worst of all, Layton still refuses to whip his party on Bill C-391. Do the NDP not realize that it they stand to gain nothing yet lose everything with this vote? I'd even be willing to forgo the fact that if the NDP cause the loss of this registry, they'll lose a tonne of votes; it's worth it for them to keep their vote, if the registry can at least struggle to live a little while longer.