Liberal senators made some noise today after removing measures from the budget approved by the elected Liberal caucus in the House of Commons, begging the question does Ignatieff have any control over his people in the upper chamber? If this gets kicked back to the elected house, it could lead to a confidence vote very quickly out of the gate. It is unclear whether the Liberals will change their minds and vote against the confidence motion that they previously approved. Either way it will put the Liberal leader in a very difficult position, suggesting that today's actions did not occur with his approval.
It was very bizarre how the media spun this story today. The Globe had a similar headline to the Post, "Tories threaten election over omnibus budget bill", when all that happened is a Tory senator reminded everyone that the Conservatives are ready to go at any time and can go to the polls if the senate wants to gut the budget. There wouldn't have been anything to comment on had the budgetary provisions not been removed; instead the story is blame the Tories for election readiness reminders while the Liberals are taking actions which could lead to a confidence vote.
We will see how this story plays out. The Senate hasn't finished with this one yet.