Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Joe Comartin has been counting all summer and he’s not sure the numbers are there to save the controversial long-gun registry. He figures he’s three MPs shy of a win.
As the NDP’s justice critic, Mr. Comartin is tasked with trying to reason with his colleagues to vote against Manitoba Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner’s private member’s bill to scrap the costly program.
But he believes there are as many as nine of his MPs who still support her bill, which passed second reading in November. She had help back then – 12 New Democrats and eight Liberals voted with the government.
The registry issue is once again on the radar. Its survival will be tested yet again on September 22.