Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Better Sorry than Safe

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will get up in the House of Commons this week and apologize for a head tax imposed on Chinese immigrants from between 1885 and 1923.

Now I don’t think Prime Minister Harper had anything to do with that head tax, so I am not sure why he feels the need to apologize.

But as along as he is in an apologizing mood, maybe he should also express regret over other government misdeeds.

Here, in no particular order, is a list of things I would like a Prime Ministerial apology for:

The whole Trudeau era of the 1970’s.
Any CBC Show that starred Ralph Benmergui
The Participaction Program
The National Energy Program
Joe Clark
Health Care Waiting Lists
Almost every Supreme Court of Canada decision
The Gun Registry
The Wheat Board monopoly
Election gag laws
The Depression
Anything supported by the Canada Arts Council
Changing the name of the July 1st holiday from Dominion Day to Canada Day
The Durham Report

Now this is just the beginning of my list. The government, after all, has lots of reasons to be sorry for lots of things.

Maybe they should name a new Cabinet Minister in charge of apologies.

Just a thought.

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