Federal and provincial justice ministers will consider a proposal next month to sue U.S. gun manufacturers as part of a plan to stem the flow of illegal handguns across the border, federal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said yesterday.
"If, by doing it, we would hold accountable gun manufacturers and thereby more effectively combat cross-border smuggling, then that would be the reason for doing it," Mr. Cotler said.
Earlier, Prime Minister Paul Martin indicated it was among the issues he intended to raise with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Word that Canadian governments could sue gun makers came as a spate of weekend violence in Toronto continued, with at least two more daylight shootings in Canada's largest city.
Mr. Martin said at a news conference up to half of all gun crimes in Canada are committed by individuals using firearms that have been smuggled into the country.
Anyone who's been following the news about the latest shooting sprees in Toronto knows who's behind them and why: Jamaican gangs fighting turf wars over drugs.
Yet every level of government has its own reasons to ignore the truth and throw the blame on Uncle Sam.
The city of Toronto dare not admit that its image as the model city of Trudeaupian multiculturalism is that of a Potemkin village, whose inhabitants barely tolerate each other when they are not actively at each other's throats. Nor dare it admit that the current city government's hostility towards its own police force is endangering its citizens far beyond what the police's recent work-to-rule job actions have been.
And the federal Liberals dare not admit that the federal gun registry has been shown up to be a complete failure. Suing American gun manufacturers also allows them to shore up their leftist anti-American supporters, whose despise firearms as much as they despise the United States, and tend to conflate the two.
It also never hurts the Liberals to run against the Americans in an election campaign in defence of those nebulous "Canadian values", of which an unarmed citizenry defenceless against the predations of criminals and its own government is apparently one.
Needless to say, everyone involved is so afraid of being called racist that they won't lay the blame on the Jamaican gangs by name and actually do something about them, such as deporting them, or even cutting off immigration from Jamaica as a defensive measure.
And so more people will die as more illegal handguns flood the streets while millions of dollars get wasted on lawsuits that will be thrown out of court at the first opportunity.
Source: National Post