The door to a Conservative election campaign fought on Quebec's back has been left open.
There was a time, when GM and Chrysler enjoyed immense sway on the Hill, holding a virtual veto on policies such as the way Canada addresses greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
To make matters worse, NDP Leader Jack Layton has ended up with the political bills of the aborted ceremony.
It's an election that's lining up to be a lot more competitive than last fall's campaign.
Canada does have a major public relations challenge on its hands. It's called the oil sands.
The Canada-U.S. front offers the Prime Minister his best chance to focus his second mandate on something other than damage control.
There are only 10 Quebec Conservative MPs on Parliament Hill and it is a poorly kept secret that they don't all get along.
Coinciding with the installation of a brainy official opposition leader, the strategy behind the efforts to showcase Harper as a people's kind of politician versus the presumably elitist Michael Ignatieff has the merit of being transparent.
Who would have thought that so much disunity could be sowed in so little time?
Federal Liberals are the net winners of an extraordinary showdown that almost cost the Conservatives their minority government.
The test of the budget can only rest with the demonstration that Canada will have something constructive to show for its spending once the current downturn comes to an end.
The feeling that the 40th Parliament could be history before it has had a real chance to make history runs just as rampant within the government as it does within the ranks of the opposition parties.
But is Stephen Harper really willing to gamble he'll do better across the rest of the board against Michael Ignatieff than he just did against StÃ©phane Dion?
Presented with a plan backed by a provincial consensus and judged economically credible, it is hard to see how the opposition parties, and, in particular, the Liberals, could use it as a pretext to plunge Canada into a winter election.
By allowing a Prime Minister to shut down the House to duck a confidence vote, Jean has set a precedent that will trouble all those who care about the vigour of Canada's democratic life.
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.