An election is brewing, and what should be the ballot box question? Should it be Canada's outstanding economic recovery in this substantial global recession, or opposition allegations of "government secrecy"? That is today's poll question. The opposition has been very busy trying to re-frame the narrative away from the economy and to lesser matters. The Liberals know that they can't win on the economy, and if the next election springs from a budget vote, the budget (and thus the economy) will be front and center in the campaign. That's why Milliken did his party a huge favour by speeding up his contempt of Parliament rulings to just before the pre-budget recess. This should allow a vote of non-confidence based on contempt the day before the budget is read into the Hansard.
Wednesday substantially increased the probability of a spring election. The Liberals don't want you to see the budget.