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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Shorter waiting times

They were the best of times. They were the worst of times. They were "shorter waiting times"? Such was the message spelled out in alternating lines with the Liberal Party logo in this morning's coverage of our Prime Minister on campaign. We live in epic times. Madmen fly aircraft into buildings and private astronauts fly into space. Cutting a few days off hospital visits for those of us choosing not to fly down the States for the same privilege seems like a small issue for small imaginations. Paul Martin thinks "shorter waiting times" is the issue that might animate the Canadian people and carry him back into office. Sadly, he may be correct.

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The Liberals have been working for years to make the country as "small" as possible. It makes them look bigger by comparison.

Posted by: alan | 2004-06-23 9:22:11 AM


Just a hunch... but... this has backfire written all over it.

Anyone whose primarily motivated by the shorter waiting times issue is already aware of the fact that provincial governments deliver health services, and that they have been placing blame directly at the funding cuts of Paul Martin.

In other words, I'm not so sure he should be reminding people of long waiting lists at all, much less making promises that most people know he has no jurisdiction to keep.

Posted by: Kate | 2004-06-23 10:02:15 AM


Kate:

Paul has been harping about waiting lists for weeks. If it can backfire, it would've backfired a long time ago.

That it hasn't backfired is a symptom of the reason I'm increasingly frustrated by this campaign.

Yesterday Harper was complaining that Paul Martin could've "stopped" McGuinty's med premium plan. CTV pointed out that it contradicts his usual provincalist position.

My exasperated response at the television was something like this:

"If this is the kind of bull that Canadians buy into and want so badly, then by all means give it to them. Pretty obvious at this point that nobody can rid our country's delusion that all the government goodies it wants will just fall out of the sky."

Posted by: Kelvin | 2004-06-23 10:36:14 AM



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