The Natty Post's John Ivison says Stephen Harper has looked inside his soul and, having stared death in the face, has seen the light and mended his jerky ways.
I'll be filing away that headline, and some of these highlights, for future reference:
*When asked whether the justice bills will be deemed to be confidence measures, the Prime Minister's Office seemed to suggest that only money bills will be deemed confidence. "The government is focused on the economy, at this time, other issues as secondary," said Kory Teneyecke, director of communications.
*Conservatives say that the Prime Minister is "reaching out" during the budget process, after being chastened by his near-political death experience before Christmas. The hope is that Mr. Harper will be more focused on the deteriorating economy than on inflicting political ill-health and penury on his opponents.
*The expectation is that this understanding will spread to committee rooms, where MPs will belatedly reach the conclusion that their endless subordination of important long-term issues to political trivia is a luxury the country can no longer afford.
Has Harper's jerkiness really been cured, or is he just in temporary remission? Time will tell, but I know where I'm placing my bets. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers