Justin Trudeau’s Evidence-Based Policy on Guns?

"And as we face these challenges, the only ideology that must guide us is evidence. Hard, scientific facts and data. It may seem revolutionary in today’s Ottawa, but instead of inventing the facts to justify the policies, we will create policy based on facts. Solutions can come from the left or the right, all that matters is that they work. That they help us live – and thrive – true to our values."

-- Justin Trudeau, from his speech announcing his Liberal Party leadership bid

Evidence. Facts. It doesn't matter who comes up with a good idea, all that matters is the idea works?

Sounds fantastic!  If only Justin Trudeau believed a word spewing out of his own mouth. As I noted repeatedly in my #1 bestselling book "47 Character-Revealing Quotes from Canada's 23rd Prime Minister and What They Mean for You" there is a Grand Canyon of difference between what Justin says and what Justin does.

When our feckless leader says he will create policy based on evidence you can place a Las Vegas bet on the opposite and come out a big winner. If he makes a claim publicly, you are all but guaranteed he will do the opposite.

  • Election reform?
  • Small Business tax cuts?
  • Middle class tax breaks?
  • Deficits "over the next two years would be capped at $10 billion per year"
  • He would balance the budget with a $1 billion surplus by 2019
  • Open and transparent government
  • Restore Canada Post home delivery

Any of these broken promises sound familiar? They should.

Every one of of them were made by Justin Trudeau.

Now he's poised to bring in firearm legislation based on what? Facts? Evidence?

Nope.

Liberal party policy as stated in the 2015 federal election. In other words, Justin Trudeau will base government policy on slick election slogans and ideological promises.

Trudeau's Liberal government will now

1. Require enhanced background checks for anyone seeking to purchase a handgun or other restricted firearm;

Except Conservative Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney already did that. Four years ago.

2. Require purchasers of firearms to show a license when they buy a gun, and require all sellers of firearms to confirm that the license is valid before completing the sale;

Ooops. That's been a requirement since 1978.

3. Require firearms vendors to keep records of all firearms inventory and sales to assist police in investigating firearms trafficking and other gun crimes;

You mean the green ledgers ordered destroyed by former Conservative Public Safety Minister Vic Toews? The very same ledgers held in storage by gun stores across the nation? Yeah, those ones.  Not a single firearm business in Canada was ever issued a directive to destroy those ledgers, so they still sit in storage by those same businesses. And whose responsibility was it to issue that directive? The Canadian Firearms Program based in Miramichi, New Brunswick.

4. Immediately implement the imported gun marking regulations that have been repeatedly delayed by Stephen Harper

The firearm marking regulations created by Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin and immediately delayed by him? The very same regulations Justin Trudeau's government postponed as well?

5. Repeal changes made by Bill C-42 that allow restricted and prohibited weapons to be freely transported without a permit

Only one problem with that promise. Bill C-42 did not allow any of that.

A permit was always required. And here's the kicker.  By repealing the change in C-42 enacted, transforming a piece of paper into an electronic document searchable on CPIC, Justin Trudeau's Liberals will actually DECREASE public safety.

The only individuals who knew an Authorization to Transport (ATT) existed under the old paper system was the issuer and the receiver of that document.  Digital ATTs currently in place are searchable by any police agency in Canada using CPIC. More importantly, so are ATT revocations, an critical aspect of Canada's firearms control system.

What was Justin Trudeau's publicly stated belief on government policy and legislative goals?

Government should base its policies on facts, not make up facts based on policy. Without evidence, government makes arbitrary decisions that have the potential to negatively affect the daily lives of Canadians."

Seems, like so many of his other promises, basing government policy on facts and evidence is nothing more than Trudeaupian hot air.

So much for Justin Trudeau's belief in openness, transparency and evidence-based policy.

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