Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Shenanigans


Don Martin says that the Conservative caucus is delighted in the prospect of losing one of their flagship causes.

Warren Kinsella is right when he pointed out that there's a certain smell over that idea.

Others, not so much.

I mean, really - this isn't a grand Machiavellian scheme on the part of Harper and co. They're pouring way too much time, money, and effort into trying to win this vote for it to be some wasted experiment in strategy. They've brought out the wrath of the police chiefs, and are seemingly losing the public relations battle, despite trying to maintain momentum. They're putting themselves and their reputation to actually get things done on the line, and if all they wanted to do was make it a wedge issue, they didn't have to go through the motions they've done.

Instead of trying to get it through a private-members bill on a free vote, they could have easily done it through the usual channels and legislation and still have shown how evil the Opposition is against gun owners.

And it already existed as an issue for those that it mattered to - why go through all this big circus if they simply wanted to rile up the base? The base is already riled up. Instead, they've managed to bring people for whom it hasn't been a concern into the fray, and usually they're of the opposite opinion than the Conservatives, leading to motivating the Opposition more so than they were before by getting their backs up.

If this was the Conservative strategy, then we're making a big mistake in calling them the "most ruthless machine" in history - they deserve a quite different adjective than that.

2 comments:

  1. Ummm...you DO realize that the government could simply use an Order In Council to kill the registry, in the same way that Allan Rock used an OIC to prohibit and order confiscation of several different types of firearms when he was the Justice Minister? The fact that they haven't done so should give you a clue as to their actual strategy.

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  2. No, actually, it doesn't tell me anything. Nice try, though.

    If they repealed it through an Order-in-Council - a highly unlikely and controversial move - then, sure, they'd get rid of it, but how much publicity would they get, without the public backlash?

    If they got it through the usual legislative channels, or at least corrupt a formerly good legislative process, then they could point to a democratic Parliamentary decision that the Opposition leaders failed to prevent and the Conservatives reigned supreme.

    Maybe OIC is a last resort, but given how much shit the government has taken over something as unbelievably dull as the census and their roughshod tactics there, how do you think a controversial move like taking out the gun registry without any debate or reference to democratic traditions would go? Hard to wipe away that stain.

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