Second Thots

Sometimes one has to step back, take pause, and have some "second thots"

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Speaking of wait times guarantees

Just a couple of days ago I talked about how Harper's promise to cut down on wait times — one of the five main priorities during the election campaign — was still on the PM's Web site even though the consensus was growing that it was toast. Well, lo and behold, health minister Tony Clement came out on Friday vowing to work with the provinces in order to deliver a wait times guarantee. Ask an ye shall receive, I guess.

So, I'm not sure what all the fuss was about or if there's anything actually to this latest move by the government. Did people make too much of the fact that the government wasn't talking about the fifth priority any longer? Did they simply start to forget about it because keeping the promise would take much longer than the other ones did? Or did Clement use a Friday to deliver his announcement because he only wanted to give lip service to a promise the government feels will be impossible to keep anyhow?

There's a lot of confusion surrounding this fifth priority. Can something be accomplished out of it? Who knows?

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