I can't help thinking that this:
RIVIERE-DU-LOUP, Que.–Stephen Harper is rejecting the notion of working with the other parties to come up with a compromise that would save a Conservative government from defeat if his party wins another minority.
...is a bit of a cock-up on the strategy/tactics front. It really seems that Harper refuses to play with the other kids in the sand-box unless he gets all the buckets and all the shovels. Incredibly arrogant sounding.