It won't be long now. In 3 weeks, the budget will be unveiled and the confidence votes can be decided on. It is still not clear what Jack Layton will do, but the NDP insists that their leader has adequately recovered from hip surgery and cured of cancer, ready to fight an election whenever it happens. It is great to know that Jack is ready, willing, and able to go. While I disagree very often with Jack Layton's policies, I do wish him good health. Election predictions are still all over the map, as it remains extremely difficult to sift through the rhetoric on all sides.
Will the Tories be empowered by recent polling numbers and put a poison pill in the budget? They are not likely to engineer their own defeat, yet their support is high enough that they don't have to bend to the demands of the far left party. The most likely outcome is a budget similar to what they'd produce if they had a majority.