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Stoffer expects hit after long-gun vote

Unlike his vote on Wednesday, Peter Stoffer isn’t taking a side onwhether he’ll survive the political storm over his decision to switchand vote to save the long-gun registry.

Unlike his vote on Wednesday, Peter Stoffer isn’t taking a side on whether he’ll survive the political storm over his decision to switch and vote to save the long-gun registry. “I’ll leave that up to the electorate,” he proclaimed Thursday.

Stoffer has taken a self-described “major hit” politically after announcing Monday he was switching sides and voting to save the controversial legislation.

His decision came after voting several times previously to kill a registry he remains “adamantly against.”

In the end, Stoffer delivered what turned out to be the deciding vote on Wednesday night in the House of Commons as MPs voted down a Tory private member’s bill to scrap the registry, 153-151.

“It’s the most difficult political decision I’ve ever made,” he said.

The long-gun registry debate is expected to be front-and-centre again as the Tories say they’ll make it an issue in the next federal election — and it could mean lost votes for the popular NDP MP.

“But if one issue determines a person’s vote, and they don’t care about any other issues, there’s not much a politician can do about that,” he said.

 
 
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