The Senate has given them the cover they need to try it all again. It is still up to the elected opposition to push back.
Jim Flaherty’s death reminded those of us who are honoured to call Parliament our workspace that the men and women who do combat there day in and day out had lives outside the Commons and there was a shared respect in the place regardless of political ideology.
Dimitri Soudas’ power has been clipped and Conservative MP Eve Adams’ future is uncertain.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper carefully kept daylight between his pro-Ukrainian, anti-Russian views and potential new markets for Canadian resources.
It now demands the quick attention of every western nation, regardless of any ancestral ties.
Only when that court guidance comes back will we really be in the realm of Senate reform, and, in the meantime, there are still 32 unelected, unaccountable Senators roaming the red-carpeted Chamber, whether they call themselves Independents, Independent Liberals, Liberal Independents or the Marx Brothers.
It is a reminder that the freedom to debate, particularly in the academic setting, is important in this country and that all transgressions are not met with life sentences.
But Jim Flaherty is clearly concerned about his family friend and it is laudable that he has transcended politics to deal with this matter on a human scale.
Linda McQuaig, by her own admission, is facing an uphill battle in Toronto Centre. An old-style NDP moral victory could be at hand. Anything more would not only shake up Toronto, but provide a jolt to Ottawa.
The Prime Minister is out on a ledge, hewing to a version of events that appears less credible each day.
We have manufactured confrontation, a prime ministerial evacuation, Throne Speech obfuscation and trade deal exultation. It all started hours before the pomp and pageantry of the Throne Speech with another Conservative tradition, the contrived controversy.