To uphold and reinvigorate the spirit of elections financing law, Elections Canada must begin to seriously review its current 'old media' defined terms of political advertising and campaigning.
Party strategists and insiders are seeking to define bloggers as members of the media, while at the same time reducing access to politicians and government information.
As Ottawa finally starts to move to an issue-based political debate, future elections will likely see a new crop of net activists moving beyond parody, symbolic and first-person politics.
One could argue that Ottawa is in danger of becoming increasingly image-driven and with the current crop of leaders an emergent image-politics is a frighteningly dull prospect.
For Liberal Leader StÃ©phane Dion, a leader whose first name might more aptly be changed to 'embattled,' the blogosphere serves as an early warning of things to come.
There are lessons to be learned from the use of new media platforms and technologies south of the border in this most interesting primary season.
Mixing high school friends, siblings and great aunts with party press secretaries, Garth Turner, and John Baird, might not be the best mix.
Recent changes in each of the parties' respective partisan blogs' networks suggest that there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for incorporating bloggers into partisan politics or campaigning.
The PMO and other party leaders have played down such campaign preparations in the past, reminding Canadians of the 'new normal' in Ottawa: governing-as-campaigning.
NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right.
NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning.
Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.
RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated.
Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.