The great gaping cavern of discordant gibberish that is the Mouth of John Baird has once again gotten him some attention, because what he said was not calculated to win friends or even influence people, especially among the “elites”:
Government House Leader John Baird is blaming “Toronto elites” for the certain death of a bill to abolish the Federal long-gun registry.
The Ottawa West-Nepean MPP admits the Federal Government’s latest attempt to abolish the registry will likely fail next week, saying it’s Toronto party leaders and elites for being behind the movement to defeat the bill.
The NDP says it will have enough votes in the House of Commons next week to defeat the Conservative private member’s bill to abolish the registry.
Baird warns MPs who “face pressure from Toronto elites” and change their votes will be held accountable at the polls.
Baird, who is generally wrong and dumb about almost everything else, actually has it right this time. When people who don’t own guns and know less than zero about them can force their weapons-grade gun stupidity onto those of us who do know something about them, that’s practically the textbook definition of elitism:
That those who dwell in the select and favoured Toronto-Montreal-Ottawa axis believe they have not only good reason but some God-given right to continually prevail over the rest of us on this issue is certainly elitist. For them to make criminals of those who don’t comply with their goofy rules, give the police access to our personal information without even Probable Cause, as well as alarmingly expanded search and seizure powers, is something a lot more sinister.
When fascism comes to Canada, it will be sipping a mocha latte, wearing a smiley face button, blithering in high-speed wild-eyed hysterics about how a list can “keep us safe”, and without a hint of irony, tsk-tsking about “authoritarian thugs” at the G20.