…just took a turn for the better:
The fate of the gun registry rests with a dozen New Democrats, who are in the position to cast the deciding votes after the party signalled Friday it will not crack the whip by forcing the caucus to support the federal database.
Imagine that, allowing MPs to break from the party line and vote as per their constituents’ wishes. This whole “breaking ranks” thing, that’s new and different, eh?
Not really. The supposedly “unofficially pro-choice” Liberal Party does it whenever their socially conservative contingent votes “their conscience” on abortion-related bills, votes which are driven less by the wishes of constituents than by the anti-abortion ideology of the individual MPs. If some of the rural NDP MPs break ranks with their party and vote to ditch the Long Gun Registry, they will be doing so in direct response to their constituents, not to further some dimwitted cultural anti-abortion crusade.
As a rural resident, I can say with some certainty that there are many in ridings like mine who will take approving note of this development and, for maybe the first time ever, feel that their elected representatives are actually listening to them. Considering the Long Gun Registry is little more than an insanely expensive monument to legendary brainless emotion-driven Liberal excess, dumbness and pandering, the NDP MPs who vote to put it to sleep will also be leveling the field between themselves and their Conservative opponents in ridings where there are a lot of single-issue voters. Allowing them to do so is some surprisingly high-calibre political cogitation on Jack Layton’s part.