It could be a long, long summer
Last night, the Liberals helped the Conservatives pass the budget bill that contains controversial reforms to Canada's immigration system - specifically, changes that put more power in the hands of the immigration minister to say yea or nay to potential newcomers.
At least one Liberal out there isn't happy. Blogger James Curran is castigating his party for sitting on its hands on this one.
Dion more or less acknowledged yesterday that more and more Liberals are looking for an election sooner rather than later and there are reports that the mood is getting more tense within caucus. If it's true that Conservatives may stretch the summer break all the way until November or even December, then that means five or six long months back in the ridings. That's plenty of time to explain the still-not-fully-formed proposal for a carbon tax, Dion might argue.
It's also a long, hot summer (and fall) if you have constituents asking hard questions about why the Liberals are constantly propping up the Conservatives - hotter still if the Tories use the time to flood the airwaves with more anti-Dion attack ads.