For all that I hear about how bad this corruption scandal is it may not be enough to bring the Conservatives in to power. The Liberals could probably use time in opposition to cleanse themselves of their sins but when it comes right down to it people need a credible alternative to switch to. Increasingly we are seeing that Stephen Harper is not it.
The way Harper has handled the last week showed me that he is just as desperate for power as Paul Martin. His “deal withe devil” rhetoric would have appealed to his base. The rest of Canada would have looked at the deal with NDP and thought “less money for corporations and more for housing, foreign aid and post-secondary education, how EVIL!” Unfortunately for the Conservatives the NDP deal forced the Cons to ally solely with the Bloc. That looks evil enough without anybody saying anything.
Increasingly the choice for Canadians is to punnish the current government for something the last government did or helping separatists.