Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What's Black and Blue all Over?

Give up?

Michael Ignatieff, if MP Garry Breitkreuz gets his way:

OTTAWA - A Conservative MP is apologizing for issuing a news release that compared Canadian police chiefs to a cult and urged Liberals to beat their leader, Michael Ignatieff, "black and blue."


The release angrily denounced Ignatieff's decision to require all Liberal MPs to vote against a private member's bill that would scrap the controversial long-gun registry.


In the release, Breitkreuz, a passionate, longtime gun registry foe, is quoted as saying Ignatieff is "a bully who may well be committing political suicide."

"With tactics like this, I doubt he'll be missed on either side of the House," the release said.

Breitkreuz was quoted calling Ignatieff's attempt to head off elimination of the registry "an act of desperation that insults the intellect of Canadians."

"His true colours are showing and, if his caucus has any integrity, those colours should be black and blue."

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police also wound up in the news release's cross-hairs as it mocked opposition MPs' claims that the registry helps save lives.

"It's like a cult that is led by organizations of police chiefs who pretend the registry helps them do their jobs. They should be ashamed."

I especially enjoy it when Breitkreuz says that Ignatieff is the one insulting the intellect of Canadians.

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  • I don't see this as a big deal. Does everybody have to be so sensitive? I don't think it compares to Shawn Murphy saying to hang Mulroney. Remember him shouting "hang him high" in parliament?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:35 AM  

  • and anonymous do you also think that the police are led by a cult?

    /rolls eyes

    By Blogger Gene Rayburn, at 9:55 AM  

  • So it's an insult to Canadians when the Liberal party is whipped but when Conservatives vote in a block, it's solidarity? Yeah. Right.

    By Blogger Curtis, at 9:55 AM  

  • Shawn Murphy was a totally lame to say something that dumb, and so is this Breitkreuz guy.

    Honestly, I sometimes feel for Harper, having to play with the MPs he's stuck with. But, I guess there's screwballs in every party.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 10:22 AM  

  • Every party have their crosses to bear and everybody says stupid things once in awhile or most of the time.
    Then again maybe Iggy should have said, "You and what army Breitkreuz?"

    By Anonymous D Mitchell, at 10:25 AM  

  • Anonymous, really? Pointing out that two years ago something equally inane was uttered by someone on the other side of the aisle? Is that really a defence?

    Both men made inappropriate comments.

    But I think we're getting sidetracked by words directed at Ignatieff. The real story is what Mr. Breitkreuz says about our chiefs of police. No, not that they lead some unnamed cult-like body, but that they deceive the public in that they "pretend the registry helps them do their jobs". Even more shocking, the MP tells us that "their endorsement can be bought."

    Not that Mr. Breitkreuz is saying that they can be bribed, mind you... just that "their endorsement can be bought."

    By Blogger Brian Busby, at 11:07 AM  

  • Brian - Bingo.

    Considering all the "tough on crime" talk by the Tories, that's quite the accusation to make.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:10 PM  

  • "Honestly, I sometimes feel for Harper, having to play with the MPs he's stuck with. But, I guess there's screwballs in every party"

    Yes, because Rob Anders is forced on Harper how? And the candidates groomed in non-Conservative ridings and feted over the actual MPs in the riding, candidates who say such sterling things that they are hustled away from the press during campaigns...are forcing Harper to back Soooo awful that Harper is hewpwess...HEWPWESS to resist these fools in his ranks. But he's not responsible for what comes out of their mouths, especially about the heads of law enforcement across the country.

    Oh, the woe that PM Harper is not failing Conservatism, but that Conservative MPs are failing him apparently. Unless...the Liberal strategy of inserting fifth-column moles into ConMP offices to sabotage the trusting soulst who allow their servants do release official statements unsupervised has finally come to fruition.

    Harper and his party sowed a bitter crop and they are reaping the logical harvest.

    By Blogger Niles, at 1:29 PM  

  • Mr. Breitkreuz has apologized, and explained that although the release was issued in his name, he wasn't the one who typed it up. (A typical practice for just about any press release from political or business circles.)

    He takes responsibility for the remarks, and withdrew them.

    My question is this: given that the retraction appeared in today's newspapers, why is the accusation still being perpetuated today?


    By Blogger Paul, at 5:24 PM  

  • By Blogger mmjiaxin, at 8:17 PM  

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