This session of parliament, the government has become completely unglued in a way that is astounding, given the earlier appearances of methodical cool and purpose. One of the Conservatives strengths, their ability to keep the opposition off balance, playing one party against another, which allowed for a posture that wasn't supported by seat totals.
The recent conduct of the government, the wedge politics, the strong arm tactics, the mocking tones, the delusions that we have a majority, all of these factors have come together to create a new dynamic. For the first time since the election, the opposition seems to have found common ground. I'm not suggesting a new age, wherein partisanship isn't primary, but I also see the NDP and Liberals working in tandem to a certain degree. Instead of focusing on each other, which has worked to Harper's advantage, the sights are now trained where they should be, if political spectrum is your guide.
The government has been so offensive in it's conduct that it has had the effect of uniting the various factions. In watching the usual partisan panels, the NDP and Liberal representatives have offered the same talking points, which adds strength to the arguments. The media seems to react positively, because a certain objectivity is conveyed when the sources come from different angles.
I'm sure it won't last, but the opposition seems far more effective and believable, when they move together to highlight the issues. It's a pleasant change, and it seems to be quite effective.
Accidential Deliberations, on the same theme.