Friday, June 10, 2005

Ujjal Needs a Stress Break Too

From an exchange taken during Question Period over the Supreme Court decision striking down Quebec's health insurance act:

Mr. Steven Fletcher (Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I am surprised the member remembers anything. We have heard health care promises from the Liberals for 12 years. They have had a record of broken promises. They have not fixed wait times and no one believes they ever will.

The court has stepped in because of a decade of Liberal mismanagement. Will the government simply admit that it is the Liberal mismanagement that brought us to this point today?

Hon. Ujjal Dosanjh (Minister of Health, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, my memory is neither erased, nor doctored, nor spliced. What the hon. member should remember is that we have provided more than enough money and resources across the country to make our health care system--

Either Ujjie is trying to be subtly clever in referencing the Grewal Tape scandal, or it's weighing too heavily on his brain. (Well it is his ass on the line after all.) Either way, the fact that the Tories have now pulled an expert out to authenticate the latest version of the Grewal tapes (a local college instructor, to boot) puts the affair back in play, just when the Grits thought it was safe to dismiss it.

Ujjie: you might want to lie low for a bit. I hear Bolivia's real nice this time of year ...