Oh, man, the entertainment value. Once again, let's revisit "non-partisan" Blogging Tory Sandy Crux and her vaunted list of CPoC accomplishments, shall we? Recall that, once upon a time, Sandy's list contained the following alleged accomplishment:
Signed Patient Wait Time Guarantee agreements with all provinces and territories;
a bit of braggadocio that I disposed of handily here. Now, one can only assume that someone has pointed this out to Ms. Crux since her updated list linked to above now has the somewhat wimpier entry:
Provided $612 million in new funding to help provinces reduce patient wait times;
Well, now, that's quite the backpedaling, isn't it? So Captain Charisma really hasn't done anything in terms of reducing wait times (despite that being one of his original campaign promises). Instead, he's (oh, this is so delightful) simply thrown money at the provinces and told them to take care of it.
One wonders how this still qualifies as part of the Harper government "record" if the CPoC didn't actually enforce those wait times, but it gets even funnier when you read Sandy's opening disclaimer where she makes it clear what counts as an accomplishment and what doesn't:
To the best of my knowledge, this written “Harper government record” does not include political promises or spin, legislation that is not yet law, proposed plans that have not yet been adopted or proposed policies that involve provincial and territorial jurisdictions (e.g., child care spaces and patient wait times).
Indeed. Sandy, sweetie, you really need to make a choice here and get off the fence. You can't, on the one hand, claim victory here in terms of patient wait times, only to dump the responsibility for enforcing said wait times in the laps of the provinces. In short, you can't take all of the credit and none of the blame. And, by the way, what's with this strategy of just throwing money at a problem? Last time I looked, that was such a liberal thing to do. When the hell did that change?
SPEAKING OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS, you have to wonder how Sandy managed to justify this one:
Improved national unity by passing the motion to confirm “Quebecois as a nation within a united Canada;”
Wow. "Improved national unity?" It doesn't get much more nebulous or less quantifiable than that, does it? I believe the phrase "the bottom of the barrel" suggests itself here.