Okay, by now, everybody knows that the LiberalNDP budget amendment passed with the help of the Bloc Quebecois, even though they voted against it. Now, the Bloc has in writing that the Liberals have been sleeping with them. I'm not sure where my shock lies at this point. I'll try to post something later.
Update (June 25, 2005 - 8:30 am): Okay. I've read some other blogs and have come to pretty much the same conclusion. We got caught off guard; we didn't listen to the "fool me once, shame on you - fool me twice, shame on me" adage.
But, let's look on the bright side.
In all likelihood, the Liberal caucus will be divided on the promised SSM vote to come. PMPM will have to force the EEEEEVIL so-cons in his caucus to tow the line or be bumped from caucus. Or, skip the vote, anger the Bloc, and somehow manage to blame the Conservative Party.
Kind of surprising, though, is the Liberals have, in writing, hopped into bed with the separatists. If PMPM mentions it once during the next election, just splash full page ads showing Michel Gauthier's letter.
At any rate, chalk one up for the Bad Guys.
Update (June 25, 2005 - 11:47 am): Am I using "EEEEEVIL" too much?