April 16th, 2012
With the elimination of the long gun registry, one would think that no politician would be in a rush to revive the issue.
Well, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair wants it back. In an interview in Quebec last week, he pledged to bring the registry back should he become Prime Minister.
Mulcair also stated that all NDP candidates would have to back his policy on the long gun registry. Even NDP MPs who listened to their constituents and voted with the Conservatives to scrap the long gun registry will have to now do what they are told.
I’m displeased that Mulcair wants to bring the registry back. But the fact that Mulcair won’t permit his caucus a free vote on this issue is much more serious.
MPs are not voting machines for their leaders. We should be free to consider the views of our constituents and follow our own conscience. Canada is better served when political parties respect diversity. It’s something that Mulcair seems to have already forgotten.
I’m Brad Trost, your Member of Parliament in Saskatoon-Humboldt. You can reach my office in Saskatoon at 975-6133. Feel free to drop by my two offices for a visit: Saskatoon (Monday to Friday) or Humboldt (Tuesday and Wednesday). I always appreciate your feedback.