If Jean Charest secures a third mandate and a majority, he will be free to ponder a future beyond Quebec politics for the first time since he left the federal arena a decade ago.
Quebec Premier Jean Charest can expect no special help from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
There are still more reasons for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to celebrate the changing of the guard at the White House than to mourn it. He can shake the 'Bush' image for one.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May's skills would be put to better use on the front rows of the House of Commons than standing on the sidelines inside or outside Parliament.
It will be his dubious honour to steer the country through the first period of deep economic turmoil of the new century.
Over the critical period of the campaign when Harper was cranking up his rhetoric on youth crime and on his defence of his culture cuts almost two weeks ago, the Bloc QuÃ©bÃ©cois was basically given a free ride to tear fresh strips off the Conservatives on
Leaders could not come up with a solid diagnosis of the state of the Canadian economy, let alone provide voters with at least the outline of a road map for the troubled months ahead.
The mathematical fragility of Harper's first government did not prevent him from walking away from the Kyoto Protocol, disposing of the federal surplus or twice extending the Afghan mission.
The good news for the Liberals is that an election run on the economy is the only kind of campaign that stands to give them an edge over others.
Intellectual energy of the next Cabinet will likely come from Ontario if Grits win and from Western Canada if the Tories do.
But those risks, at least in the minds of party strategists, are offset by StÃ©phane Dion's uneven effectiveness at delivering his message.
By Conservative polling numbers, Harper should not have a hope in hell of winning over Quebec in a fall election. He needs at least 25 per cent.
No party has the guts to make the case for a different medicare mix, but none of the expensive plans designed to ensure its future has delivered truly sustainable results.
The fact that disgraced Maxime Bernier is more likely to be re-elected than the stars of last week's mini-shuffle sums up Prime Minister Stephen Harper's enduring staffing predicament.
When Parliament winds down for the summer, few of its members will be sorry to leave its toxic political environment for a few months.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela visited Ottawa in May 1992. The honorary Canadian who helped end apartheid in his country died on Dec. 5 at 95 years old. Governor General David Johnston said, "When history speaks of the very best examples of humanity, we will speak of Nelson Mandela." He's pictured here with former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney.