Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs a trio on the energy/environment/aboriginal front that is more into bridge building than bridge burning.
With only a few exceptions, the areas hardest hit by the proposed Conservative changes to the treatment of frequent employment insurance users sit squarely in opposition territory.
Quebec’s national conversation had already been in the process of shifting from a dialogue of the deaf over its constitutional status to a debate between progressives and conservatives.
The seeds of discontent that have sprung up in Quebec this spring could still find fertile soil to root themselves in elsewhere in Canada.
The two battles are being fought on different fields over different issues. But they are flip sides of the same bad coin: that of a debased democracy.
And a rare one that Stephen Harper can’t afford to ignore. They share the same home base and Alberta is central to his government.
Quebec is the one landscape where Mulcair’s popularity is likely to endure longer than the average post-leadership honeymoon.
But beyond Baird, Flaherty, Kenney and Moore, this Cabinet often can’t seem to steer clear of trouble.
In short, he is getting out of the way and paving the way for the private sector to deliver for years to come, with an estimated $500-billion in resource projects coming down the road over the next decade.
Christy Clark can dance and Alison Redford can bull ahead. Danielle Smith will shortly know if her eastward gaze captures the imagination of Alberta voters.
If Tom Mulcair becomes the first Quebec leader of the NDP, it will be because a sizeable contingent of New Democrats from B.C. will have brought him over the top.
The bottom line is that the Conservative core vote is more solid than that of either of the other two main parties.
Canadians may never know all that they should about what took place in the muddy trenches of the last federal campaign. But if they ever get the beginning of a definitive answer, it will come from Elections Canada or the RCMP or even the media, and not from the warring parties in the Commons.
The crack in the F-35 fairy tale finally came on Feb. 14 when Defence Minister Peter MacKay was pushed on the number of fighter jets to be purchased by the government.
The deteriorating Ottawa-Quebec climate could be the gift of life to both the Parti Québécois and the federal Liberals.
The Liberals, having digested the census numbers, appear to be having night terrors, thinking of a perpetual Tory majority.
In the days after the budget, expect ministers to make much of the programs they have preserved whenever they are on the hot seat for those that they cut.
Laureen brings the movie treats: President of Les Films Séville Patrick Roy, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Public Safety Minister Steven Balney, Laureen Harper, Telefilm Canada chair Michel Roy, director Louise Archambault, producer Luc Déry and Christal Film president Christian Larouche.
Actor Alexandre Landry, director Louise Archambault, Telefilm chair Michel Roy, actress Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Christal Film president Christian Larouche, and President of Les Films Séville Patrick Roy.
Telefilm Canada chair Michel Roy and Laureen Harper and her bag of treats for the movie.
President of Les Films Séville Patrick Roy, actor Alexandre Landry, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, actress Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Telefilm Canada's Michel Roy, Laureen Harper, director Louise Archambault, producer Luc Déry, and Christal Film president Christian Larouche.
Christal Film's Christian Larouche, NAC's Rosemary Thompson, Telefilm's Jean-Claude Mahe, and Les Films Seville's Patrick Roy.
Laureen Harper, director Louise Archambault, producer Luc Déry, and Christal Film president Christian Larouche.
Rogers Communications' Colette Watson and Heritage Minister Shelly Glover.
The two stars of the film Gabrielle, Alexandre Landry and Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, pose for a pic with Heritage Minister Shelly Glover.
Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and Gabrielle's director Louise Archambault pose for another.
Telefilm Canada's mini-designer cupcakes topped with the letter 'T' were a hit at the after party.
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and Telefilm Canada's Michel Roy.
David McArthur, chief of staff to Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, and Bluesky Strategy Group's Sandra Buckler.