Long-gun registry will test Layton’s, Ignatieff’s leadership
Queen’s University professor Kathy Brock is available to discuss the long-gun registry and the important strategic questions it poses for each national political party.
“The Conservatives are partly shielded from the possible defeat of the proposal to abolish the long gun registry since it involves a private member’s bill rather than being a government bill and a matter of confidence,” says Professor Brock, who teaches in the School of Policy Studies. “Will Jack Layton be able to deliver on his promise to unite enough rural members with the urban members of the NDP caucus to vote to keep the registry? If he does, he has posed a challenge for the Liberals. Michael Ignatieff’s leadership will be put to the test as he attempts to ensure that all of his MPS are present for the vote to ensure that the long gun registry is not abolished. This test comes at the critical time when he is rebuilding his image. The vote not only provides insight into which parts of the country the parties deem critical in the next election, it also provides insight into whether a fall election would even be feasible.”
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