Conservatives Considered Renaming Health Canada “OHarperCare”

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OTTAWA — Leaked e-mails between Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office and Health Minister Rona Ambrose show that the Conservatives only abandoned plans to rebrand Canadian healthcare as “OHarperCare” when the October 1st internet launch of the U.S. program ran into major technical problems.

“I’m squealing here Steve! OHarperCare is brilliant!! Where do you come up with this stuff?” Ambrose writes in one of the September e-mails released on-line by the Ottawa Citizen today.

The documents detailing the exchange were obtained by the Citizen from an anonymous source and excerpts follow:

September 6/13 – From the Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose:

“OHarperCare is genius Steve! Why didn’t you mention it at your pot-luck last night you clever goose.”

September 6/13 – From the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper:

“LOL. I was going to run it by you Ronnie but I got tied up with Jimmie F. on that missing $3.1 billion thing. Weren’t Kenney’s refried beans great?”

September 18/13 – From the Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose:

“I just approved the new OHarperCare logo Steve. It’s so damn patriotic…almost looks American!!”

September 20/13 – From the Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose:

“I think we should do more than just use all the Economic Action Plan billboards Steve. I’m seeing TV on the biggies like Big Bang Theory, Ellen, Duck Dynasty, or even Hockey Night in Canada. Think Don Cherry would wear an OHarperCare button? LMFAO!”

September 23/13 – From the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper:

“Hey Ronnie. I twerked with Barack on Saturday and he says there are some bugs in the ObamaCare software that he’s a wee bit worried about. If he has a couple of minutes, O will twerk me back.”

September 26/13 – From the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper:

“O is getting worried Ronnie. The test of the ObamaCare web site ended up linking to a Lingerie Football League highlights site. I’m wondering if we should wait on OhStephenCare? hahaha. OHarperCare!”

September 26/13 – From the Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose:

“Now, now Steve. You always get nervous before big thingees. Remember how you had big ol’ sweaty armpit rings when you let China buy Tim Hortons? It’ll be fine. We’re announcing Tuesday right when the ObamaCare site goes live. Calm down. And stay away from the rye and diet Fresca. Thought I didn’t know about that didn’t ya’? LOL.”

September 27/13 – From the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper:

“Okay Ronnie. I guess we’re a go for Tuesday. No more twerks from O. Are you still coming for Pictionary on Saturday?”

September 30/13 – From the Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose:

“Tomorrow is gonna be huge Stevo! Huge! OHarperCare is going to stamp your brand on healthcare forever! Pretty gutsy of you to have Duffy over for Pictionary on the weekend. He can’t draw worth s**t but he makes a mean antipasto. lol.”

October 1/13 – From the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper:

“Kill it! Kill it Ronnie! ObamaCare’s site crashed. FOX News is reporting the site started calling people lazy fat a***s and telling them to lose 50 pounds before trying to sign up again.”

October 1/13 – From the Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose:

“D**n. Poop. S**t. Those f***ing Americans. It was going to be great! I’ll cancel the TV, have the flyers shredded, and make sure Don Cherry’s lips are sealed. Billboards might be dicey. About 20 were already posted in Hamilton but a lot of those folks don’t read anyways. hahaha Still on for sushi tonight?”

October 1/13 – From the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper:

“If this gets out, we blame McKay okay? hahaha. Not sure about sushi…had a bit of a tummy thing this morning. Plus I just read one of our Fisheries Department scientist’s reports about radiation in all ocean seafood so I’m done with that stuff. Good thing I gagged those sciency guys…and gals…no offense Ronnie. Italian instead?”

The Gazette told CBC that the e-mails have been authenticated and the full documents will be published tomorrow in a special insert section.

Neither Minister Ambrose’s Office nor the Prime Minister’s Office responded to media requests today.

The RCMP indicated that were unaware of the leaked e-mails and no investigation is underway.

 

Dan LeHomme
Reportering for The Lapine

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