Conservative leadership candidates SLAM Trudeau's gun ban

The four remaining Conservative leadership candidates have slammed Trudeau's gun ban today, calling it "frustrating" and "misleading."
Nico Johnson Montreal, QC

The four remaining Conservative leadership candidates have slammed Trudeau's gun ban today, calling it "frustrating" and "misleading."

Dr. Leslyn Lewis, Erin O'Toole, Peter MacKay, and Derek Sloan have all made statements denouncing the Trudeau government policy.

In a statement made on Facebook, the Toronto-based Lewis said that "The Liberals are using the recent tragedy in Nova Scotia to ram through new gun regulations. I can’t even explain how frustrating this is to see."

"I will do everything in my power to keep our communities safe. But this new Liberal ban does not do that. It should be repealed," she added.

Erin O'Toole, on the other hand, made a slightly longer statement on Facebook, saying that the gun ban proves that Trudeau "chooses time after time to mislead and divide Canadians."

Going further still, O'Toole said "to politicize a tragedy like this is beneath the dignity of the office of Prime Minister. It is an insult to the victims and a disgusting attack on the rights and freedoms of all Canadians."

This gun ban was triggered after the devastating mass-shooting in Nova Scotia. Peter MacKay, who is from the maritime province, said that "as a Nova Scotian, I am outraged that Justin Trudeau is using our tragedy to punish law-abiding firearms owners across Canada."

"As Prime Minister, I can guarantee to all Canadians that I will never take advantage of a tragedy like this to push a political agenda," continued the former foreign affairs minister.

MacKay has not always followed this tune. In 2000, The Post Millennial unearthed an op-ed written by the leadership candidate where he argued for the banning of "assault rifles and automatic weapons."  

Finally, the controversial leadership candidate Derek Sloan called the gun ban "Outrageous."

"The Liberal government wants to bypass Parliament and roll out a new firearms ban tomorrow. No debate, no votes = no representation for licensed, law-abiding Canadians."

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