This week Canadians learned that the U.S.-based National Rifle Association (NRA) would not only be supporting the Conservative party's campaign, but also providing it with strategic advice. "It's regrettable that Mr. Harper did not immediately reject these offers and send a strong signal to all Canadians that the NRA's mandate is not a sub-section of the Conservative platform," said [leader Jim] Harris.This would be pretty big news, if it were as true as it sounds. The real story goes something like this: a person in the NRA is speaking at a session with the Canadian Shooting Sports Association. The CSSA is, in turn, looking to get more politically active. Some of their members are going to be supporting the Conservative party in certain Ontario ridings. This is a far cry from the NRA, in any official capacity, supporting the Conservative party. Further, the NRA isn't even providing the Conservatives with "strategic advice", which is clear from that Globe and Mail story.
THE GREEN PARTY may have some demons in its closet, too. Most notably is the fact that the Green Party of Canada has been active in other countries' politics. This seems to be the only reason why the Green Party objects to NRA support of a Canadian party. Green Party Review says this:
"just off the top of my head I can say Canadian Greens helped the Green Party of the United States with logistical support (the lapel pin that Ralph Nader wore during his last two presidential campaigns came from a GPC project, "Goods for Greens"), and, the leader of the Australian Green Party did a tour of British Columbia to help in their last provincial election."So, must the Conservatives "renounce NRA support"? To recap, they don't really have their support anyway. And even if they did, would they renounce their foreign support?