Upside Down Easy

In the upside down world of the Harper government, easy things are hard to do, and hard things are easy! Thanks for this idea to Susan Abbott (letter to The Globe and Mail, March 5, 2015).

Find the records of 1000 veterans who served in the D-Day offensive? Too hard!

The government of France wanted to award them the French Legion of Honour for their service, but the Harper government only sent the names of about 600. So the other 400 vets who should have been honoured have missed out. The deadline has passed.

Come up with nominees for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals? Easy if you include Conservative hacks, cronies and convicted criminals.

Remember where veterans’ records are kept? Too hard!

Veterans who have lost limbs will have to re-confirm with the government every three years—apparently it’s too hard to remember where the records are.

Meet the UN deadline for a plan to cut emissions? Too hard!

March 31, 2015 was the deadline Harper missed. He had lots of advance notice on this one, but he didn’t make it. The next day Environment Minister Aglukkaq started asking the provincial governments to do her homework for her.

Introduce Bill C-51? Easy if you ignore the fact that former prime ministers, supreme court justices, minsters of justice, solicitors general, and security experts have spoken publicly against it.

Draft legislation on assisted suicide? Too hard!

The Supreme Court gave the government a year to draft legislation on assisted suicide, but the Harper government first said that was not enough time, then said they would wait for nine months (until after the election) to get started on it.

Balance the budget—Easy if you do it wrong!

Joe Oliver balanced the budget (just) by taking $2 billion from the contingency fund and finding $900 million by planning to eliminate the sick leave provisions in current contracts with federal public servants.

Write a $90,000 cheque to repay Senator Duffy’s disputed expense claims? Easy.

Nigel Wright took hardly any time at all to do it.

Figure out how to get payments to thalidomide victims? Too hard!

It’s more than five months since compensation for thalidomide victims was given unanimous support by parliament. Initial payments were sent, but Health Minister Rona Ambrose has not revealed any plan for distributing the rest of the compensation package. Thalidomide victims keep asking, “What’s the problem?” They get no answers. 

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