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.
From one incident to the next, the Martin team has become more adept at tailoring its response to the national mood, not necessarily to the most pressing needs in the afflicted areas.
If the government plans to get to a spring election with its feet dry, it will have to weather the first Gomery downpour.
Trudeau advisers Gerald Butts, left, Robert Asselin, Ekos pollster Frank Graves, Postmedia News' Stephen Maher, consultant Andrew Balfour and National Post's John Ivison.
CTV's Mercedes Stephenson and Rob Rosenfeld of the U15-Group of Canadian Research Universities.
Finance Minister and man of the hour, Joe Oliver, arriving in his New Balance sneakers.
Health Minister Rona Ambrose's Director of Communications Cailin Rogers and Policy Director Trina Morisette with Greenbridge's Sheefra Brisbin.
Joseph Finkle, consultant at National Public Relations, and Navigator Consultant Will Stewart.
House Speaker Andrew Scheer and his chief of staff Kenzie Potter.
Finance Canada Economist Heather Kay, Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Mary-Anne Carter, Gillian Frackelton, special assistant to Vicki Heyman, Kristina Martin of Capital Comms Group, and Bluesky Strategies' Shannon Donnelly.
Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan and Global's Laura Stone.