Since a professor of mine encourages me to write on “what pulls you up short”, or what leaves you with more questions than answers, I’m not going to have an amazing conclusion or answer to this problem. I am curious to hear your thoughts, though.
The Conservative Party of Canada “Tough on Crime” agenda and the scrapping of the Long Gun Registry (LGR), thrown in Canadian’s faces repeatedly, and the seemingly paradoxical odd pairing of the two pursuits weighs on my mind as of late. Shouldn’t to be tough on crime be to want long guns registered? Wouldn’t that help fill up those forthcoming prisons that the Conservative Party wants to build?
Typically, the discourse of the LGR trails into “We don’t want to criminalize farmers!” (see Laurie Hawn’s Twitter Feed)
Okay, so they support farmer’s right to have long guns without registering them. How registering a long gun criminalizes farmers boggles my mind, though. We register cars, but not all car owners are assumed criminals; cars are lethal weapons as well.
I also have a hard time reconciling that line with the attempted scrapping of the CWB. My father is a grain farmer; many of my friends’ parents are grain farmers. Of those that are grain farmers, they all voted to keep the CWB. Most of these farmers that I’ve talked to cited that they simply don’t have the time to watch the markets to figure out when to sell their grain; farming is a livelihood that keeps the participants busy. My father had a different reasoning, though, “No, I don’t have the time to watch the markets, but I also don’t have the expertise to play the market. I have a degree in Geology, not Commerce.” Ultimately, the farmer’s vote stands— the majority of farmers voted to keep the CWB.
Tough on Crime, but not tough enough to keep the LGR. Helping farmers, but not enough to keep the CWB that they voted to sustain.
The CPC are in a dialectical dance of paradoxes; amidst debate on these issues, they hold seemingly contradictory positions.
Ultimately, I wonder if these stances trace back to ideological stances:
1) Freedom From Information
2) Free Market Above All Else
Regardless, how does one reconcile a conflicting ideology and how do they enact this into public policy?
"Political ideology can corrupt the mind, and science." Edward Osborne Wilson
”We can choose between the future and the past, between reason and ignorance, between true compassion and mere ideology.” Ronald Reagan