The Liberals only honour campaign promises they think help them win elections.
Therefore, I am confident the Liberals intend to keep their promises about guns.
During the 2015 election campaign the Liberal Party promised to “get handguns and assault weapons off our streets.”
But what does this mean? Here is what the Liberals promise to do:
- Repeal changes made by Bill C-42 that allow restricted and prohibited weapons to be freely transported without a permit, and we will put decision-making about weapons restrictions back in the hands of police, not politicians;
- Require firearms vendors to keep records of all firearms inventory and sales to assist police in investigating firearms trafficking and other gun crimes; (Note: this is the infamous “back-door registry” that the Harper government blocked).
- Immediately implement the imported gun marking regulations that have been repeatedly delayed by Stephen Harper;
- Ensure that Canada becomes a party to the international Arms Trade Treaty.
A year ago, the Liberals quietly signed on to the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty. The text of the ATT is vague, but it clearly encourages signatory countries to require that all firearms in civilian hands be registered.
Despite promising not to do so, the Liberals plan to bring back the long-gun registry. The Liberals are committed to registering all firearms because they signed the UN Arms Trade Treaty.
Unsurprisingly, Trudeau stuffed his Firearms Advisory Committee with anti-gun activists who are now pondering what new gun laws to invent.
Just this month, the Liberals introduced the first of a series of bills (Bill C-47) to make their promises to the UN enforceable on Canadians.
Notice that their campaign promises to “get guns off the streets” confuses guns with criminal violence.
That’s not a mistake. The Liberals are not stupid, but they think Canadians are.
A focus on guns fools their supporters, plumps up the bureaucracy, and cracks down on gun owners who follow the law. Of course, the Liberals ignore criminals. The Liberals don’t care.
The Liberals hope that each of these promises wins votes for them, as well as inflating the firearms bureaucracy. A swelling bureaucracy means more people dependent upon the Liberals, and more opportunities for graft. What’s not to like?
Why am I not surprised that keeping the Liberal Party’s campaign promises to crack down on law-abiding firearms owners would will most likely violate Minister Goodale’s commitment to ‘evidence based’ gun control policies?