Holiday Brief: Tories backtrack to avoid gun policy wedge

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Erin O’Toole backtracked on a platform promise to end the Liberals’ ban on assault-style weapons and clarified his position over the weekend after it became pretty clear the Liberals found their wedge of choice. At a campaign stop on Sunday, he said, “we are going to maintain the ban on assault weapons” while conducting a public review of Canada’s firearm classification system. It’s an about-face that John Ivison thinks could very well save his campaign.

Justin Trudeau spent Sunday squirming. The Liberal leader expressed regret over how his party handled the Raj Saini scandal. “I’m pretty frustrated about the whole thing myself,” he said on…

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