Title: Holy Flip-Flops Batman!
Description: Commentary on statements made by Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, on campaign promises made in the 2006 election campaign regarding a new equalization formula with the Provinces. (more)
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Lloyd MacIlquham, B.Sc., M.Sc., J.D.
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Batman: Puzzle me this, Robin! When is a Promise not a Promise?
Robin: I don’t know Batman, a promise is a promise is a promise!
Batmen: Apparently not always, Robin, it seems a promise is not a promise when it is a “preference”!
Robin: Holy doubletalk Batmen, how could that be!
Batman: Well, Robin, it seems that on 26 January this year, at the Harar news conference The Right Hon. Steven Harper was asked by a reporter whether campaign promises were something that are somehow less important than promises made other times.
This was after the reporter had explained, amongst other things, that Mr. Harper had in the last election campaign promised to allow Saskatchewan to keep 100% of its revenues but was now willing to consider giving something less than 100%.
The Right Honourable Steven Harper responded by saying that these are important promises that he stands
He then went on to say, after discussing health care wait times, that on the question of a new equalization formula, you know full well the government expressed its preferences in the campaign.
Robin: Holy flip flop, Batman, that tops even the Joker. Can he do that?
Batman: I hope not Robin. We’ve got to get our Canada back before its too late.