10 March 2009

Harper, you shouldn't write your own speeches

UPDATED. Apparently, our PM hasn't learned from his "buying opportunities" fiasco. In a speech delivered today in one of the areas hardest hit by auto sector layoffs, he delivered this gem:
For Canada, this crisis does offer opportunity... Ultimately, it is an opportunity to position ourselves so that when the recovery comes, we're among the first to catch the wave.

Well, that should relieve all those laid-off workers!

And, Stevie-baby, you shouldn't adlib your speeches either. Otherwise, bilge like this may spew forth, as reported by Scott Feschuk who was liveblogging the event:
12:53 Harper references the government’s tax credit on home renovations — then, under the guise of describing how the credit works, he quips: “If you own a home and you have a wife, you will probably be doing home renovations this year.”

How does having a wife (or husband, for that matter) relate to home renovation? What about a kid? That do too?

Clearly, or not so clearly, Harper was attempting to explain that only FAMILIES qualify for the Home Renovation Tax Credit. But on my reading, he got the definition of 'family' wrong too.
Eligibility for the HRTC will be family based. A family will generally be considered to consist of an individual or an individual and his or her spouse or common-law partner, including children who will be under 18 years of age, at the end of 2009. A family will be allowed a single credit that may be shared within the family.

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