Mr. Harper is ultimately responsible for this unhappy state of affairs. It is the byproduct of his machinations, and the product of a failure of his leadership...
he sent the message that even if he backs down in this instance, he has no interest in making the current Parliament work.
And there it is, so just STOP yourself within that clarity. Harper has shown that he can't make Parliament work, his "horrendous miscalculations of last week's hyper-partisan economic update" forever poisoned our legislature, he made it untenable and this is why we find ourselves here today. You don't accept where the fault lies, then suddenly pivot and throw a blanket of scorn on everyone. NO, people merely reacting to the cause, people with no option looking for alternatives.
If you accept the notion that Harper wasn't interested in the economy, but partisan politics, if you conclude that he has made the current Parliament dysfunctional, then the blame stops there. After that acceptance, you have two options, either another election or an alternative to keep the wheels of government moving in a crisis. Please explain how another election helps during a crisis, the distraction the last thing Canadians need or deserve? That objective fact leaves one option, and the punditry that heaps scorn on Harper should recognize, should applaud any attempt to salvage stability out of self-induced CHAOS.
It isn't a political power play, when the government has voluntarily ceded its authority, presenting something which everyone agrees was unacceptable, inappropriate, craven and unseemly. That's the bottom line, events move from there and too pass judgement effectively forgets the impetus, it has the effect of providing cover by characterizing responsible action as gamesmanship. Harper left the opposition no option, everyone agrees that he failed to lead in a critical time. It's simply unfair to extend Harper's failure to the entire process, because in many respects a necessity, given the circumstance.
It's easy to blame everyone, throw up your hands at the spectacle in embarrassment. Where you lose me, the idea of opportunism and cynical on the part of the opposition, because we've already concluded Harper left no options, he failed to lead, he failed in every regard. Remember the starting point, burn it into your brain, and then the rest isn't an insane affront to democracy, it's a responsible response to an untenable situation. Nothing more, nothing less.