Payne Disappointed At Long-Gun Vote

Medicine Hat\'s Member of Parliament is airing his frustrations, after the motion to proceed with a bill scrapping the federal long-gun registry was shot down.

Medicine Hat's Member of Parliament is airing his frustrations, after the motion to proceed with a bill scrapping the federal long-gun registry was shot down. The Opposition succeeded with a narrow vote, 153 to 151. That may have taken the issue off the table in this session of Parliament, but it is not dead entirely. Payne tells CJCY News the Conservatives won't give up the fight. "I know our supporters are in our corner, the vast majority of Canadians understand that this has been a huge waste of money," said Payne. "Something like $2-billion, and the costs mount up every year, somewhere in the neighbourhood of $100-million." Payne adds that he's not happy with political maneuvering of other parties. "Mr. (Michael) Ignatieff whipped some of his guys, and also I believe Mr. (Jack) Layton did the same thing on a few of his people, where they thought their seats were safe." The Tories may use the defeat to aim for more votes in rural ridings, by pointing out that the Liberals and New Democrats who once promised to end the registry, can't be trusted.

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