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Putting his gun on the line

Green party candidate Matthew Friesen in Portage-Lisgar has an interesting blog on his website.

His post asking his supporters to stop calling Conservative Candice Hoeppner names is particularly good. He chastises people for things posted on Twitter about Hoeppner.

"I did check on some of the stuff and I’ve got to say, I’m appalled. The "tweets" are cruel, vicious, and personal. Would you say that to her face? Would you say that to your mother? I don’t like Candice’s policies and actions at all. (Obviously, as I’m running against her.) Regardless of what she stands for and how wrong you and I think it is, she is still a human being. She deserves the same respect and courtesy that everybody else does. I think it’s wonderful that people disagree with others’ opinions, and that we can have free and open debate in this country. I expect as Canadians, as citizens of the best country in the world, that we could be civil in our disagreements. I expect we can all be grown up enough to argue in a meaningful fashion. Sure, criticize the actions, the platforms. Bring logic and reason to the discussion."

Amen to that.

An earlier blog post however is a bit jarring.

He offers to give Hoeppner his rifle if the Conservatives put some teeth behind their pledge to get rid of the gun registry by introducing it as a government bill and a confidence measure. (Ie – if the legislation fails, the government falls). Is it even legal in Canada to give someone else your gun as a sort of reward?

Regardless it’s refreshing to see clearly how a particular candidate thinks and who they are behind the party brand. It would be nice if all candidates were able and allowed to be so candid.

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