Let's all hope and pray that Garry Breitkreuz never winds up anywhere near a portfolio where he controls any kind of spending:
The $2-billion figure often cited as the cost of the gun registry is a Saskatchewan MP's "fabrication" that took on a life of its own as Conservative MPs and the media repeated it for years, says a new study.Here's my favourite part of the story, from the fabricator himself:
In late 2002, a report by auditor general Sheila Fraser said the cost of the federal gun registry tallied nearly $1 billion from 1996-2006.
Her figure became political ammunition in the hands of Saskatchewan backbench MP Garry Breitkreuz, an opponent of gun control who was in the Reform Party, then the Canadian Alliance, and is now a Conservative.
He began calling the gun registry a "$1-billion boondoggle."
But within four months his language had escalated into "a $2-billion boondoggle."
The study says Breitkreuz "strategically created" that catch phrase. The study calls it his "fabrication."
Breitkreuz said in an interview Wednesday that at one level, the study's authors are "disingenuous" for "quibbling over $1 billion or $2-billion."
Either figure "is horrific. It's wasted money that would have been much better spent going after organized crime and other serious things."
Because hey, it's only 100% inflation.
But you know, a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon we're talking real money... Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers