Trudeau is taking hits from all sides on his long gun registry comments.
From former Liberal Justice Minster Martin Cauchon:
Martin Cauchon, who is still pondering whether to run for the leadership himself, told The Canadian Press that leadership contenders need to show they'll stand up for Liberal principles and values.
And he said the controversial registry, created by the government of Jean Chretien in which Cauchon served, is an important part of the party's legacy.
"I believe that we have to update our policies and make sure that next election we're going to be able to show leadership to Canadians," Cauchon said in an interview.
"But, you know what, I believe as well ... that a candidate running should have the backbone to respect and stand for the principles that we have always stood for."
Cauchon said party renewal shouldn't mean Liberals have to turn their back on accomplishments such as the Charter of Rights, official bilingualism or even the gun registry.
Cauchon also blasted Trudeau for the guns-as-culture comment.
"The point is pretty simple. We're not living in the (United) States," where Americans have a constitutional right to bear arms, Cauchon said. "We're building a different society."
BC NDP MP Nathan Cullen:
The NDP's Nathan Cullen, who represents a rural B.C. riding and opposed the registry, said the comments smacked of insincerity. He said it was a strange position to take for someone who had been a passionate defender of the registry.
"As somebody who represents and lives in rural Canada, it seems to reduce us down to people who simply own guns," Cullen said.
"This is not who we are. We are many things. And people can smell pandering when they see it. Canadians can tolerate quite a bit from their political leaders. Hypocrisy is, generally speaking, not one of those things."
Justin Trudeau tried to spin his comments - not all that successfully - much like his anti-Alberta comments it seems that Quebeckers are just different from the rest of us rubes. And Trudeau has decided the term "failed public policy" needed a re-write - Justin style.
Justin Trudeau has scrambled to explain his stance on gun control with the politically polarizing issue providing an early test in his Liberal leadership campaign.
The fallout from his sudden disavowal of the long-gun registry has required the front-running candidate to deal with a controversial policy debate just days after the flareup over unflattering remarks he once made about Alberta.
Trudeau handled it Monday by trying to appeal to both sides.
He spent a news scrum with reporters handling questions over an issue that resurfaced over the weekend with his description of the Liberals' registry as a failed policy.
Trudeau explained that he hadn't actually flip-flopped on the gun registry. In fact, he said, he always supported it, and still does support it in principle. But he said that now that it's gone it's too divisive to try bringing back.
In the next breath, however, Trudeau added that he supports Quebec's effort to bring it back in that province because he said the measure is not controversial there.
Finally, he offered his explanation of how the long-gun registry fits into his definition of a "failed" public policy.
"I voted to keep the firearms registry a few months ago and if we had a vote tomorrow I would vote once again to keep the long-gun registry," Trudeau told reporters.
"However, the definition of a failed public policy is the fact that the long-gun registry is no more... The fact is, because it was so deeply divisive for far too many people, it no longer exists." He repeated that definition of public policy, in both English and French.
A Quebec reporter asked Trudeau about that province's legal fight to keep its portion of the registry and he replied:
"I find it's a very good idea. Because in Quebec it was not at all as divisive as it was elsewhere in the country," Trudeau said.
"Perhaps a solution is to let provinces find different solutions. What's important is protecting Quebecers from gun violence."
YIKES. Every time he opens his mouth he just digs himself in deeper. A definite lack of intellect shining through.
And a prominent gun control advocate who survived the Montreal Polytechnique massacre by gunman Marc Lepine ( the event that was instrumental in the long gun registry being put in place) was not buying the spin and took Trudeau to task:
The performance earned him a scathing rebuttal from a prominent gun-control advocate.
A survivor of the Montreal polytechnique massacre, which occurred 23 years ago this week, Heidi Rathjen pushed for the creation of the federal registry. On Monday she blasted not only Trudeau's gun policy but also his broader approach to leadership.
"It's just political garbage," she said of Trudeau's policy.
"He's basically saying that the registry is a good thing only where it's popular, but that's not what a political leader does, that's not how you lead — by implementing a public safety measure only where's no controversy...
"It's not clear, it's confusing and I think it's a cop-out because he wants to please everybody and then he ends up pleasing nobody."
Time for Justin Trudeau to shut up, smile and look pretty because when he engages his mouth he clearly is not engaging his brain (assuming that he has much of one to engage)... and hope no one asks him any tough questions because when that happens he is completely at sea.
Edited by Wetcoaster, 03 December 2012 - 07:44 PM.