The game's up; the majority is not there! Instead, Harper wants to test his strength in Quebec with a series of by-elections, and then maybe go in the fall(1) or in 2008:
One would be in Lapierre's Montreal-area seat of Outremont; another would be in St. Hyacinthe-Bagot, vacated when long-time Bloc Québécois MP Yvon Loubier left earlier this year to run in the provincial election. The third would be in Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean, where Bloc House leader Michel Gauthier announced recently he was stepping down for health reasons.
Of course, partisan Tories will portray this as another bedazzling move by Harper the master tactician. You know what I think.
And didn't I damn well say so? Huhhh? Huhhh? NO SPRING ELECTION!
(1) ...which in itself will be pretty difficult, since we have at least the Ontario provincial election on tap for October, and maybe several others (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, P.E.I, Northwest Territories, Alberta) between now and year-end.