Y’know, I’m reading Heather Scoffield’s somewhat bone-chilling interview with David Dodge, who was a deputy minister of Health and Finance before becoming Bank of Canada chairman – the one where he calls a return to surpluses in 2013 “totally unrealistic. They’re not going to do it” – and I wonder whether there’s any upside at all to being the prime minister of Canada in the next couple of years. Either Harper will make a wreck of his own forecasts, or Ignatieff will make a wreck of Harper’s forecasts, and Harper will get to blame him and proclaim that he would have done so much better. Maybe they can just give the job to Layton for a couple of years.
SHEEPISH UPDATE: One thing Machiavelli would almost certainly have done is spell his name properly. Sigh.