After throwing down the gauntlet regarding all that despicable anti-conservative media bias, Blogging Tory Sandy apparently wants to make sure we understand the rules as she produces her list of "Bias: It Looks Like This":
No matter who is the governing party of Canada, it is important to keep track of their record. As such, I have only included actions that have already been taken by the Harper Conservative government and/or legislation that has already passed. I have not included political statements, spin or promises. The topics are on the Environment, Tackling Crime, Accountability, Child Care, Health Care, Sovereignty, and Lowering Taxes.
Hmmmm ... so let's pick something from that list to examine more closely, shall we? How about ... this one?
Signed Patient Wait Time Guarantee agreements with all provinces and territories;
Yes, Sandy, that does sound impressive ... until you look a little more closely:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he has fulfilled his pledge to establish medical wait-times guarantees across Canada, but critics say the deal falls short of his campaign promise...
The creation of a wait-times guarantee was one of the Conservatives' five priorities in the last election campaign.
But the deal does not come into effect until 2010, and provinces only have to promise timely treatment in one of several priority areas:
* Cancer care
* Hip and knee replacement
* Cardiac care
* Diagnostic imaging
* Cataract surgeries
And that's a problem why? Oh ... right:
The Conservatives had promised in the last federal election campaign that they would ensure guarantees in all of the above areas.
"If we focus on one part of the continuum, we're just shuffling chairs on the deck," said Dr. Chris Simpson of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.
Yeah, that's kind of an important detail, wouldn't you say? And given that the provinces need only make a guarantee in one of those areas, and that those same provinces get to pick the area, which one do you think they'll select? Go on, give it some thought ... it'll come to you:
Harvey Voogd of the Alberta-based Friends of Medicare group told The Canadian Press the provinces would likely sign up for an area they have already been working to address.
"No government's going to walk away from a pot of money," Voogd said.
"Nobody has signed on to a difficult wait time, all have signed up for wait times they're already beavering away at or successfully meeting.
Why, yes ... given a choice, why not just pick the issue that you already have a handle on? Does life get any better than that?
Seriously, Sandy, I know you mean well, but you and your BT colleagues are the last people who should be trying to document media bias, given how hopelessly incompetent and biased you are to begin with.
Take my advice -- just let this go before you embarrass yourself any further.
P.S. Given that Sandy's hideously dishonest and worthless list is probably going to become a mindless, right-wing talking point in short order, perhaps we need to collectively eviscerate it and post said evisceration. As an example, after crowing about how the Stephen Harper Party of Canada 'Invested $400 million in the Canada Health Infoway to develop electronic health records and reduce medical errors”;', curiously, we read nothing about, oh, this.
And I would have thought that would be equally newsworthy. Silly me.
P.P.S. And whatever happened to those 125,000 new child care spaces, Sandy? Just curious. Perhaps Sandy could balance her list with another of Harper's broken promises. You know, like this. After all, it would be the fair and unbiased thing to do, don't you think?