If the federal Conservatives can't win an urban southern Ontario riding like London North Centre next month, they're unlikely to stay in power
Gov.-Gen. MichaÃ«lle Jean wades uncommonly deep in political territory over past few months
Harper will have to decide how much he can afford to stake on Quebec Premier Charest
As for the opposition parties who currently pay lip service to the cause of journalistic access, the evidence also suggests that once in power, they will pick up where Prime Minister Stephen Harper leaves off. Stay tuned.
If the Liberals are to quickly grow out of opposition, they too will have to avoid sticking their heads in the sand of wishful thinking.
Stephen Harper has given himself a total of 13 days between the election and his swearing-in to come up with the first Conservative Cabinet in more than a decade. In 2004, Martin took 22 days to put together his second Cabinet in six months.
A minority Liberal government that had a bit of time ahead of it might be more tempted to change the guard quicker than one whose survival would hang by a thread.