Belatedly, perhaps, it's time to welcome Maclean's columnist Paul Wells back to Ottawa and send all readers here clicking to his excellent blog post today on the Ontario-Ottawa feud.
It's called "Crybaby federalism," if that gives you a hint of the tone. Wells has been away for most of the past year on assignment in Paris. Now he's returned to find the national capital more childishly bullying than it was before he left -- or at least that's how I read this latest entry.
He also urges readers to check out the Conservative website to see just how low a party can go in picking a fight with Canada's largest province.
I don't think I can ever remember a government poking ridicule at a provincial premier, as a matter of official communication strategy. And I am at a similar loss to suggest why anyone would think this is a good idea -- politically, or on any plane.
In fact, I keep wondering -- all those Tim Hortons folk out there, the hockey moms and dads, the supposed target audience for all this negative campaigning by the Tories -- wouldn't they send their kids to bed without dinner if they made of fun of people the way the Conservatives are doing with Dion and McGuinty?