In his criticism of the government to date, Stephen Harper has strived to keep his eyes focused on the smaller softwood picture, but there are clear limits to that strategy, says Chantal HÃ©bert.
If the minority government had fallen last week, a summer election would have cost the Conservatives seats in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario.
A more engaged electorate is not good news for the sitting government. It will be the opposition's collective challenge between now and an election to keep it that way.
Over the eight months between now and the Prime Minister's self-imposed deadline to call a general election--30 days after the Gomery report next December--every federal party will be on permanent campaign standing.
Prime Minister Paul Martin must table budget in the House, he can't avoid it anymore
Real question is whether Canada can afford eight more months of weak, vacillating government
If the Liberal Party did not exist, Quebec sovereignty movement might have to invent it
It could highlight new stresses within Canadian federation, take it a divisive step further
John Manley's frontal attacks on Paul Martin an ad hominem critique of government
Still, the PM probably achieved as much as he could hope for on damage control front
He's asking MPs to do for the charter what they might not want to do for gay Canadians
It is hard to see how going to voters to ask for more Liberals would improve matters
Harper's stance on Martin government's package for Bombardier could make or break him
PMs more likely to speak through lawyers than across a podium of a goodwill tsunami mission