I don’t quite know how else to to put this. Gerretsen is an ass. This man though is actually Ontario’s Attorney General and that makes him the top lawyer, the top justice official in Ontario*. So his comments about gun bans and his justification are extremely dangerous.
It may sound harsh to speak of a politician like that but I’ve called some worse on air and that includes Conservatives.
Gerresten is calling for a handgun ban in Ontario. When pressed on why this would work and pressed on the fact that most there are not many murders committed with legal handguns Gerretsen asked why anyone should have a handgun and dismissed the idea of civil liberties and freedoms as “an American notion.”
That comment alone should disqualify him from voting never mind holding public office. It is one thing to hold a different view on gun control but to dismiss civil liberties and freedoms as Americans shows this man knows nothing about our legal history.
He declares that our constitution is based on “peace, order and good government” at best that is a huge and I mean HUGE stretch but in reality it is a lie.
Canada’s legal and constitutional heritage stretches back past 1982, past 1967, past 1867 all the way to Magna Carta and it takes in a lot along the way. As I have pointed out before the English Bill of Rights 1689, which has been cited in the last few years in our own Parliament to uphold Parliamentary rights actually affirms the right to bear arms.
“That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law.”
That Mr. Gerretsen is as much a part of our constitutional tradition as “peace, order and good government.” I know this and I didn’t go to Queen’s University Law School. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Beyond the right to bear arms, civil liberties and freedoms are not American. The Americans received their concept on liberty from the same we did, Britain.
Let me ask you the question Joseph Howe asked almost 200 years ago as he faced trial for insulting the government.
“Will you permit the sacred fire of liberty, brought by your fathers from the venerable temples of Britain, to be quenched and trodden out on the simple altars they have raised?”
The answer from Gerretsen would likely be yes but for the rest of you it should be no.
Watch his pathetic interview below.
* Correction, an earlier version mistakenly said Canada not Ontario