The Liberals will use the coalition as a threat to garner massive concessions from the government, on top of the one's we've already seen. That is my take on Dion's statement, the coalition threat as vehicle to push the Conservatives towards our demands. If we see a "monumental" shift by the government, then the Liberals will reaccess. I would argue that is the prudent path, that rightly weighs all the pros and cons, a perspective I endorse.
Stephen Harper is forever wounded in the eyes of Canadians, this crisis has solidified opinion and his reputation has suffered permanent damage. That is a simple fact, which should be considered by the Liberal Party as we wade our way through the future events. IF, and I believe we still enjoy the upper hand, the Liberals are able to make further policy concessions, that essentially amounts to complete victory, it is wise to be pragmatic. A diminished Prime Minister, an economic policy that reflects the wishes of the official opposition, within that lens, one could easily say mission accomplished. The Liberals then return to our leadership race, and once resolved, the new leader faces a humbled Prime Minister, with little moral standing.
In addition, should the Liberals secure more concessions, it is they who can extradicate themselves from the voters universal disgust, they can rise above the perceptions and demonstrate leadership, in the name of stability, compromise and most importantly, the ECONOMY. There is a path available, and it is envious, if we think through all the ramifications. Harper will cave further, he simply must to survive, that is a given.
Keep the pressure on, and be prepared to bring the government down, but with that, acknowledge a parallel path and recognize that we can have our cake and eat it too, we really can. Little man Harper, endorsing our economic demands, after climbing down from partisan provocations, the Liberals free of risky circumstance, smells like victory from here.