In the aftermath of the vote that saved the gun registry, I have been hearing voices from the left proclaiming this as an example of strong leadership for the Liberal leader. He was successfully able to pistol whip his caucus into voting to save a registry that the Liberals created. Had the MPs vulnerable on this issue stayed home, it would have been a catastrophic defeat after Iggy guaranteed they'd be there. Let’s not forget that he is being praised for something that political parties are supposed to be able to do each time they crack the whip. It’s funny that we have come to expect so little from him that as soon as he successfully does something the Tories are able to do 100% of the time, roll out the red carpet and start planning the parade route!
I suppose if you set the bar low enough, any rudimentary task can seem spectacular by comparison. Lowered expectations people, that's the name of the game. It was a strategic move to risk the few rural seats the Liberals had remaining in order to shore up their majority support in Toronto and Montreal. I'll admit that it would have been amusing had Liberal MPs again defied the whip, but getting them to show up for a whipped vote is not in and of itself a sign of strong leadership.