That seems to be the question that should be asked about the electoral calculations. The media seems to be focused on "Why would they?". Pundits seem to, for the most part, fall into the "Liberals don't want an election" camp, or the "Liberals do want an election and they're nuts for it" camp.
Andrew Coyne and Paul Wells touch on my thoughts in their latest podcast, apparently the Liberal braintrust's thoughts as well. The simple fact of the matter is that outside of an election campaign Conservatives are able to, and do, saturate Canadian media with partisan advertising using public money. Their sleaziness in so-doing is something to behold, and we've had the chance to do just that over the past couple weeks. This certainly won't get better after the next budget, why would it?
Every day we wait until an election is a day that the CPC gets to play the game with an advantage. It's especially rough on Ignatieff who most Canadians, still, have not been exposed to outside of the odd media narrative that has been created for him.
Like Steve V, I have a bit of hope for a strong showing by the LPC in the next election, but that doesn't matter. What does matter is that it's not going to get any easier for them.
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