The head of the Canadian Firearms Program who is a strong supporter of the long-gun registry is quietly being bounced out of the position, CBC News has learned.
RCMP Chief Supt. Marty Cheliak, director general of the program, is being sent off to French language training after nine months on the job on orders from RCMP Commissioner William Elliott, according to police sources.
It would appear that here, too, we had someone who took his job a bit too seriously. It wasn't just a simple case of supporting the long gun registry that the Conservatives want to scrap. Cheliak had gone beyond that to testify forcefully in favour of the registry before a parliamentary committee. And we all know how Conservatives feel about parliamentary committees
But even worse than that, the man built a damned coalition.
Cheliak's key contribution has been to guide the country's three main police alliances -- the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Police Association and the Canadian Association of Police Boards -- into a common front to fight for registration.
A common front to oppose the Conservatives! God knows we can't have that.