(h/t Antonia Z)
Here's Steve's former communications director Kory Teneycke on CBC's Power and Politics, Sept 3, 2010 (Time mark : 6:50), comparing the Avaaz petition against a must-carry licence for Teneycke's Fox News North to a 'hypothetical' case of the NRA meddling in Canadian politics :
"We're having a debate on gun control right now in Canada on the long gun registry, a very hot debate. What if the NRA came into Canada with petitions and advertising campaigns, trying to influence Canadian policy and Canadian decisions? People would be outraged. People. would. be. outraged."
From the NRA website : Standing Guard by Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive VP :
Tony Bernardo, head of CILA :
"If all goes well in the Canadian parliament, Dominion gun owners will be freed from 14 years of living under the crushing weight of a bureaucratic, scandal-ridden, wasteful, invasive, $2 billion, error-ridden and inarguably worthless long gun registry."
"The NRA of America supports and endorses the work done by the CILA [Canadian Institute for Legislative Action] and strongly encourages all Canadian firearms owners to become CILA supporting members."
"We have been working hand in hand with the NRA regarding international issues for the past three and a half years...in fact, the NRA was instrumental in the formation of CILA…the NRA provides CILA with tremendous amounts of logistic support."Foreign Policy, July 2006 :
In December, an NRA official was scheduled to offer a "legislative training workshop" at the annual meeting of CILA's parent organization."How do we protect our rights?" went the promo for the event. "By being more politically active and effective at the grassroots [level]. And who better to show us how than the most powerful lobby group in the world, the National Rifle Association and their Institute for Legislative Action."CBC, today : NRA involved in long gun registry debate
Bernardo, a frequent guest on NRA chat shows updating U.S. gun owners on the fight to kill the Canadian registry, said the NRA was instrumental in helping him set up his Canadian lobby group, CILA, the lobbying arm of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA), and a mirror group of the Institute for Legislative Action, the NRA's lobbying arm.The CSSA's communications director, Brant Scott, was previously an aide to Con MP Garry Breitkreuz, featured here on the NRA website. Breitkreuz is chair of the Public Safety and National Security Committee.
Back to the CBC :
So. "Uncomfortable" or "outraged"? Your call, Kory.
Michael Bryant, formerly Ontario's attorney general, said the NRA has been agitating in Canadian political backrooms for years.Canadians need to know the role the NRA has played in the gun registry debate, Bryant said.
"For a lot of people in Canada, if they knew that the NRA was part of the effort to get rid of the gun registry, they would think more about their views," he said."And they would think, 'well, wait a minute, I thought this was about, you know, wasting taxpayer dollars. The NRA's involved? Really? That makes me very uncomfortable' "
G&M tonight : Tories deny NRA 'conspiracy theory'
Yep, I'll bet you're really really sorry now you reminded us of the NRA's reach into Canada, what with the Cons' precious, the long gun registry vote, coming up on Sept 21st and all.
h/t Dammit Janet