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Tories blame Toronto 'elites' for gun registry pressure

The Conservative government is blaming Toronto “elites” for pressuring MPs to save the controversial long-gun registry.

The Conservative government is blaming Toronto “elites” for pressuring MPs to save the controversial long-gun registry.

In a Thursday news conference, government House leader John Baird said it was the Toronto party leaders — the Liberals’ Michael Ignatieff and NDP’s Jack Layton — and elites behind the movement to defeat the Conservative private member’s bill to scrap the registry.

Baird warned that MPs who “face pressure from Toronto elites” and change their votes will be held accountable at the polls. Baird caused controversy last year when he was overheard by a Toronto Star reporter saying “f--- Toronto,” during a disagreement over infrastructure funding.

With files from the Canadian press

 
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