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By comparison, Feschuk’s take was glowing


 

Stephen Wicary seems rather unimpressed.

Ill-advised partisan games aside, the Prime Minister’s speech today contained one truly offensive line. In explaining how his vaunted home-renovation tax credit works, Stephen Harper quipped: “In my experience it works like this: If you own a home and you have a wife, you will probably be doing home renovations in this year.”

It gets somewhat blue after that.

Feschuk’s review is here, surprisingly lacking in any references to the male anatomy.


 
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By comparison, Feschuk’s take was glowing

  1. offensive? more like stupid what with the Int’l Women’s Day just occurring and all.

  2. Come on…it was a harmless joke. Not particularly funny, but harmless.

    Wherry, for a guy who complains incessantly about Harper never missing an opportunity to score partisan points…you seem to spend virtually all of your blogging energy to do exactly the same thing.

    • i think your response is just as revealing since you miss the point entirely. harmless? get a clue dude; it’s the 21st century.

      • How many thousands of people just lost their jobs? And how many are looking over their shoulders now? So let’s cut the tension with a joke that harkens back to ‘bare-foot and pregnant’ days, eh? Harper just needed to tug at his tie then, pop his eyes out a bit and I’d have guessed he was channelling Rodney Dangerfield. But then again, Rodney would have known that October was never a good time to be buying…

  3. I guess Wherry will be the judge of what’s funny. The politically correct humour police on patrol.
    You really need to enlarge your social circle Aaron.

    • Jarrid – if you truly believe in the conservative values and policies that you so blindingly support, you too would be calling for this man to step down as the leader of your party.

      He is a transparent empty shell of a leader.

  4. Unsurprisingly all of those who don’t see a problem with Harper’s comments are male.

  5. ““In my experience it works like this: If you own a home and you have a wife, you will probably be doing home renovations in this year.”

    Don’t see the problem with this line. Not the greatest joke ever, like john g writes, but harmless. What’s the big deal? Do men and women stop behaving like men and women during a recession. I’ve got a married friend who’s work hours been reduced from full to part time. Second thing his wife said was he would have time to do home repairs now that he has more free time around the house.

  6. I would expect that all single males are reeling from the offense of this remark. Don’t they do renovations as well? And what about renters – hey, they might like to freshen up their paint-jobs as well.

  7. Harper’s quip was also inaccurate. As I pointed out on my blog, you don’t need a spouse to qualify for the Home Renovation Tax Credit. Harper was supposing that ‘family’ meant two or more adults. He was wrong.

    • He’s also wrong on what consists of a family. What about the happily married gay couple down the street? No tax credit for you!

  8. “Feschuk’s review is here, surprisingly lacking in any references to the male anatomy”

    Didn’t he have an entire column about “Harper is a Dick” a few years ago?

  9. It’ll be reprinted this fall with the publication of my new work, Canadian Political Leaders and Which Part of the Male Genitalia I’ve Used to Describe Them.

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