The permanent campaign continues


The NDP buys billboard space to attack the elimination of the long-gun registry.

The NDP message will be reinforced with the barrel of a gun. The image of a Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic, a “non-restricted” weapon which won’t have to be registered when the long-gun registry is scrapped, sits above the tag-line “No More Safeguards. Is that why you voted Conservative?” … The three cities chosen for the billboards are notable because they are all areas where the NDP made new inroads in the 2011 election. One of the key target audiences is Conservative ridings in Toronto, but it is intended to reach a broader spectrum – and two of the target cities are in Quebec, where the NDP have new-found strength, and where support for the registry is high.

Talking to Althia Raj, Brad Lavigne explains the NDP’s mindset.


The permanent campaign continues

  1. “…. a “non-restricted” weapon which won’t have to be registered when the long-gun registry is scrapped … ”

    I am 100% certain I won’t be able to go out and buy a Ruger Mini 14 legally without authorities knowing about it so what does NDP mean when they claim I will be able to buy rifles without registration? 

    RCMP – Canadian Firearms Program:

    A licence is your authorization to possess and register a firearm and to obtain ammunition. Your licence must be kept current for as long as you possess firearms in Canada. The types of licences are as follows:


    • You can be as certain of something as you like, it still doesn’t make it true.

      When the long-gun registry was in effect, you would be correct. No longer.  All you need is your PAL and you are legally allowed to have that gun, with no registration requirements about it.  So how would they know?   Is it their mind-control satellites?

      Of course, the better argument the NDP should be making is “Why isn’t this gun restricted?” but what they’re saying is absolutely true, no matter how much you’d like to believe otherwise.

    • I am 100% certain I won’t be able to go out and buy a Ruger Mini 14 legally without authorities knowing about it 

      Well, you may be “certain”, but as Thwim points out, you’re wrong.

      • To be clear though. The registration requirement for non restricted weapons will still apply? The problem is in why isn’t this weapon classified restricted?

        • I believe that you mean that the registration requirements for RESTRICTED weapons will still apply. Sure, but those registration requirements were never part of the “long-gun registry”. There will be no registration requirements for non-restricted weapons like the one above.

          • er…yes that is exactly what i meant…sigh…maybe you should be applying for this licence not me?

  2. About time one of the other parties began to challenge the Conservatives at their own style of polticial games. Bring it on!

    • While agree with the sentiment, being the pessimist that i suppose at bottom i am, this kind of politics is likely to wind up with everyone lying in the ditch. Let’s all poke our eyes out because SH thinks it’s the way to go.

      • I would agree with you, it sickens me, but that the Cons have demonstrated that attack ads and permanent campaigning works, at least in English Canada. The NDP and Libs can sit around being polite and oh-so-Canadian about this, and spend the next generation sitting on the sidelines if they want.  SH understands this perfectly well.

        • Your right of course…doesn’t mean i have to like it though. Politics in this country is never going to be the same again thanks largely to SH.

          • I can’t remember where I heard this, but it seems apropos:

            ‘Never wrestle with a pig – you’ll both get dirty but the pig likes it’.

  3. And you think these people could run a country???   
    “NDP ad backfires with use of wrong gun
    The initial ad featured the Ruger Mini-14, a semi-automatic used in the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal, which won’t have to be registered after a the long-gun registry is scrapped. But the image on the ad, provided Sunday to The Globe and Mail, displayed the wrong version of the gun – the outline of a Ruger Mini-14 Tactical Rifle, which is already restricted in Canada, and will still have to be registered after the law changes.”

  4. Those of you who were not so politically intune back in 2004, can be excused for thinking the nasty Stephen Harper was devil who started these prewrit attacks.
    But now that you are ‘opinionated’, at least be informed first:

    ”…In 2004, when Harper became leader of the Conservative party, the Liberals ran pre-writ ads seeking to define him as an awful fellow. Now that he is the one running ads against them, they have decided it’s not cricket to run ads outside of an election campaign. The Liberals are the party of late-breaking scruple…”


  5. Just for the record, the firearm that the NDP originally intended to put on their little billboards was the Ruger Mini-14 Tactical, (Model Mini14/20CF). They purposely chose this firearm, because it has a pistol grip, a collapsible butt stock, a barrel shroud, Picatinny rails for mounting optics and lights, and a flash hider. It looks scary, unlike the standard Mini-14, which has a wood stock and no embellishments. The NDP made this decision not based on facts, but on emotion and fear-mongering, because the two rifles function exactly the same way. 

    There is a delicious irony in all of this: the tactical version of the Mini-14 is not even for sale in Canada, because of US export regulations.

    Now they have chosen the .50 calibre Steyr, a firearm which weighs 30 pounds, is about 5′ long, and  costs over $5000…. not exactly the choice of madmen or criminals… again, they borrowed from Coalition for Gun Control talking points, claiming that this rifle shoots an armour-piercing bullet a distance of 2.4 kilometers. Scary… until one learns that no crime has ever been committed with a Steyr.

    Any precision shooter will tell you that it takes many years of practice to accomplish this. This isn’t done by some home-boy with a Glock “fo-tay” held sideways.

    The NDP are fast proving that they are woefully inept as Canada’s official opposition, and even more woefully ignorant about firearms and firearms law.

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