Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Background on the "Cult" Leadership

Personal opinion on the registry aside, this has become the most AMAZING of debates. Yesterday, Vic Toews was telling all the world that not "one" police officer supported the gun registry. It seems the Conservatives are reduced to hyperbole when confronted with some basic facts, namely that NOT every brave law enforcement person shares their narrow perspective. That was nothing, compared to this character today, with the most outlandish statements. Nevermind the Ignatieff comments, I'm astounded to hear Conservatives turning on police officers, in typical neocon fashion, endorsing a scorched earth policy if anyone gets their way:
"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."

The police chiefs association supports retention of the gun registry. But Breitkreuz was quoted as calling both the chiefs and the Coalition for Gun Control "politically motivated lobby groups that derive financial support from pro-registry sources."

"Their positions are tainted and suspect in my view because their endorsement can be bought."

Here is some background on the cult leadership:

Chief Blair started his 30-plus year policing career as a beat officer in downtown Toronto, and continued with assignments in drug enforcement, organized crime units, and major criminal investigations. Promoted to the senior ranks of the Service, his postings included Divisional Commander, Community Policing Programs, and Detective Operations, responsible for all specialized investigative units including the Homicide Squad, Hold-Up Squad, Sex Crimes Unit, Fraud Squad, Forensic Identifications Services, Intelligence Services, and Organized Crime Enforcement, including the Guns and Gangs Unit, and the Repeat Offender Program.

In recognition of his many contributions to the policing profession Chief Blair was named an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in 2007. He is also a member of the Most Venerable Order of St. John and has been awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal with Thirty Year Bar.

How dare this character speak for law enforcement, clearly a communist infiltrator with an agenda.

Another member:
Jean-Guy Gagnon

This rogue cop received the Order of Merit, which apparently included a "blood letting".

Another tree hugger lobbyist, who knows nothing about the rigors of police work:

Deputy Director General Steven Chabot was born in Lachute, Quebec, and began his career in policing in 1977. As a police officer he has worked as a patrolman, investigator, first-level manager in the realm of patrols and investigations, and then as a senior manager in the same fields.

It goes on and on, but the point being these are the people uniquely positioned to speak on matters of usefulness and effectiveness, not some turnip truck MP with an attitude.

Would it possible, just this once, if the Conservatives didn't revert to shouting down their opposition, not to mention WITHHOLDING reports which don't jive with their stated opinion. There is something entirely wrong, and highly suspect, with any position that always reverts to secrecy and throwing anybody and everybody under the bus, that dissents.


T said...

hmmm, have the CPC applied their usual bullying tactics to a group of people that will stick with their own above and beyond any political party publicly? And justifiably so I might add.

Marpman said...

Great post Steve.....how does the CPC spell touche...goodnight...

CK said...

Oh, it's looking more and more like the US everyday, ain't it? More specifically, the tea-bagger hit parade.

Those clowns would kill for their supposed 'God given right to bear arms' and for no gun control...

This MP should remind us why tighter gun control laws are necessary.

Needless to say, Steve will keep him on. After all, he is a good Ultra Harpercon Gun-nutty male from the west, after all...

RuralSandi said...

If they ease up on the criminal aspect and make it easier to register, what is all the anger about?

If they can't compromise, there's something wrong.

They need to grow up.

Dame said...

The Conservatories Sliding into their natural state looking more and more as the old REEEFORMERS and Consequently as the losers ... I am happy to see they can’t pretend any more…

Jerry Prager said...

That truly was a bizarre moment, and their spin doctors appear to have sunk themselves deep in ruts of idiocy.
Marpman: the CPC spells touche "douche."

Anonymous said...

I don't agree with the attitude of Vic Toews.

But I did want to point out that support for the registry is not universal among police.

Here's a recent interview with the Calgary Chief of Police: http://www.am770chqr.com/Blogs/CalgaryToday/BlogEntry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10109340

And here is a segment with the head of the Saskatchewan Federation of Police Officers whose association has never supported the registry: http://watch.ctv.ca/news/power-play/april-23/#clip293359