Timing is everything

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Opponents of the long-gun registry were pleased to point out that the legislation to kill it didn't die on the order paper when Stephen the Petulant prorogued parliament because said legislation is a private members bill and the rules for those are different. What the suspension of parliament did, however, was give the folks at the Toronto Star time to do some digging and discover that Peter Van Loan, who was the minister of public safety at the time, wasn't entirely honest with us.

The release of an annual firearms report last fall was delayed by testy officials in the public safety minister's office who demanded to know, among other things, details about an employee "celebration" of the program's 10th anniversary.

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Emails obtained by the Star show then-public safety minister Peter Van Loan's office sat on the report for weeks until after a contentious parliamentary vote that saw 12 NDP and eight Liberal MPs succumb to political pressure and support ending the long-gun registry.

Afterwards, Van Loan told reporters he had the report in hand for "several days."

Oh my goodness gracious. Van Loan lied. Who woulda thunk it? And why would he do that?

Unhappy with the contents of the report, ministerial staff asked for further explanations of statistics that showed a rise in police queries to the firearms registry, and greater satisfaction with service provided over the Internet or telephone.

Emphasis added. Guess that explains it. I wonder if the deliberations on that legislation will be even more contentious once parliament resumes. And I'd ask when we can expect Van Loan's resignation from cabinet but I know better.

H/t to Antonia Zerbisias.

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I hope that this whole saga will stand as an example to dispute the argument that it is okay to vote Conservative because there platform doesn't include various traditionally conservative planks with which we disagree.

If you are against your local Conservative MPs views on an issue such as gun control, gay marriage, or abortion, then you aren't going to like the way they will vote on a private member's bill on the issue.

I hope that this whole saga will stand as an example to dispute the argument that it is okay to vote Conservative because their platform doesn't include various traditionally conservative planks with which we disagree.

If you are against your local Conservative MPs views on an issue such as gun control, gay marriage, or abortion, then you aren't going to like the way they will vote on a private member's bill on the issue.

As always the Cons contempt for Parliament is apparent in every move they make.

On November 5, CBC reported that Van Loan had sat on the favourable RCMP report until two days after the vote in the HoC and RCMP Sgt. Greg Cox told The Star "the force submitted its 2008 firearms report on Oct. 9"

You might remember a wonderful scrum with Van Loan outside the HoC in which a woman reporter doggedly tried to get PVL to answer to it.
Unfortunately CBC was requested to pull both the vid and transcript but here it is:
"How long have you had the report from the Commissioner of Firearms?
How long have you had it?
So how long have you had it?
How long have you had it?
How long have you had the Commissioner of Firearms report?
How long have you had the Firearms Commissioner's report, sir?
This isn't a news conference, these are questions. How long have you had the Firearms report?
We're asking you a question. How long have you had this report?
How long have you had it?
Has it been weeks?
How long have you had this report?
How many days?

PVL, eventually: "It's - I received it and looked at just recently, in recent days."

Reporter : "That was totally useless. Thank you."

What is MediaQ?

The only MediaQ I'm aware of was in the computer graphics hardware business until it was bought out by NVidia.

These guys, I would guess :
http://www.mediaqin.com/services_e.cfm
and maybe for violating their copyright.

I'm not sure how much that RCMP firearms report actually mattered to the final vote in the HoC compared to rural constituencies putting the squeeze on MPs of all stripes - not that that lets PVL off the hook.
But it's not like news of the report didn't come up repeatedly in the HoC in the days prior to the vote :

Gerard Kennedy, Hansard, Nov. 4th :
"Mr. Speaker, recently the RCMP commissioner sent a report to the Minister of Public Safety which contradicts the falsehoods spread by the government about the gun registry. We know it has been kept sitting on his desk for some time because they are trying to suppress it in advance of today's vote.

Could the minister confirm that he has read this report and how long he has had it? Could he tell Canadians why he is withholding the truth that the registry is really a valuable tool that the police need to help keep people safe?"

PVL : "Mr. Speaker, the report in question will be tabled in this House in accordance with the schedule that is set out in the rules governing reports like that."

Now as I understand it PVL had one month to look over the report first, which if Sgt. Cox is right about delivering it on Oct 9th as stated above in The Star, the that would take it past the date of the Nov 4th vote.
However if as Antonia relates, it was actually delivered in Sept., then he stepped on it.

I wouldn't be surprised if that reporter wasn't Tonda, who wrote this story for the Star.

I knew I liked her.

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