Does anyone for a second doubt that had the government fallen yesterday, the Liberals wouldn’t have returned with a healthy majority? The Conservatives supporting a Bloc motion on provincial powers which most provinces opposed? How couldn’t the Liberals parlay that into a win? Especially with the public wanting a majority after seeing the disaster of this minority parliament.
Of course, they’d have to make it look un-intentional. But they don’t fly their MP in and maybe find one or two others who got “family emergencies” and suddenly, they lose by a vote. There’d be some huffing and puffing and a slim chance Harper would become PM. But even if Harper took over, the optics of him forming a quasi-coalition with the Bloc would have been so bad to ensure he’d never win again.
All the parties did the right thing by reaching a compromise but the Liberals may have missed a golden opportunity. Better to be defeated on a motion by a separatist government than to let Harper pick an issue the Liberals look weak on at some time in the future.