Whipping the NDP: Jack Won’t, So We Will
Jack Layton just won’t do his job.
Jack won’t whip (or at least kindly ask) his rural MPs to vote against the private member’s bill in the House of Commons. For more background on this, read my original post.
The rationale is that he won’t whip his fellow MPs into a position that their constituents may not want. I understand, but will tell you that a good leader won’t have to use ‘whipping’ to convince his MPs that they’re doing the right thing.
However, this won’t happen and it throws the leadership of the NDP into question.
But that’s a longer and more involved issue that we have to return to later.
In the interim, we (you, me and everyone else that cares about safety in Canada) have some work to do.
Below is a full list of NDP MPs that may wind up supporting the private member’s bill and the Conservative effort to dissolve the Gun Registry.
Remind them that for every vote they keep in a rural riding (assuming we have an election tomorrow, which we won’t), they’ll likely lose 10-100 votes in urban areas.
I sure as hell won’t vote for the NDP if this get through!
Here’s a quick list of all of the email addresses so you can copy/paste them to your email:
Allen.Ma@parl.gc.ca, AngusC@parl.gc.ca, Ashton.N@parl.gc.ca, BevinD@parl.gc.ca, Cullen.N@parl.gc.ca, Gravelle.C@parl.gc.ca, Hughes.C@parl.gc.ca, Hyer.B@parl.gc.ca, Maloway.J@parl.gc.ca, Rafferty.J@parl.gc.ca, StoffP@parl.gc.ca, Thibeault.G@parl.gc.ca
And here are the details (remember that calling is much more effective than emailing):
Skeena Bulkley Valley
T: (250) 877-4140
Ottawa: 613 993 6654
Algoma / Manitoulin / Kapuskasing
Thunder Bay / Superior North
Ottawa: 613 996 4792
Elmwood / Transcona
Thunder Bay / Rainy River
Ottawa: 613 992 3061
Sackville / Eastern Shore
Call them today. Tell your friends to call them. Remind them of the cost to the popularity of the NDP if they fail to support such a simple and basic way to keep our cities safe.