Earlier this week Yukoners may have been surprised to find a flyer in their mailbox claiming that Larry Bagnell and the Liberal Party are bringing back the long gun registry. They have also heard radio ads telling them the same thing.
The Liberal Party is not bringing back the long gun registry and Ryan Leef already knows that.
It is unfortunate that Leef feels his campaign has to resort to misrepresenting the platforms of other parties, instead of running on his own record. This is the kind of politics Harper’s Conservatives have brought to Ottawa, and that Leef has brought to Yukon; the politics of fear.
Over the course of his one term in office, Leef pushed through Bill S-6, which has further hurt the federal government’s relationship with Yukon First Nations and, as one mining executive said, will effectively kill mining in the territory.
He voted to support Harper’s drastic cuts to Parks Canada that have hurt Yukon so much, and removed search and rescue from Kluane.
He also voted to close the Canada Revenue Agency office in Whitehorse.
When you look at what Ryan Leef has done while in office, it is no wonder that he is trying to scare Yukoners into voting for him. He has nothing else to stand behind.
So, one last time for the record: Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party will not be bringing back the long gun registry. What we will bring back is funding for Parks Canada, service offices for veterans and funding for environmental research. All things Ryan Leef has shown he does not think are important to Yukoners.
Liberal Party of Canada, Yukon
Election Readiness Chair