I doubt it.
For a number of reasons…
#1: The Conservative Party has not the balls to bring down the government. They *could* do it… without quesiton, but they’d have to make a deal with the Bloc and NDP in order to do it. They’re far too power hungry to do that.. they think they’d win a majority, which is, of course, practically impossible what with their current situation in Quebec (and Ontario).
#2: The Bloc can’t bring it down themselves… nor do they have to in order to remain popular in Quebec. They’re saying all the right things, and Quebeccers understand that the Bloc can’t bring down the government themselves.. so any blame can be associated with the Conservatives or NDP to do it.
#3: The Canadian electorate doesn’t want an election. Not at Christmas time. What’s more, this report largely exonerated the current crew in power… and with Martin paying back 1 million to the government coffers from the Liberal war chest… and sending the report to the RCMP, there isn’t much to stick to this government to blame that would override the lack of enthusiasm for an election and lack of enthusiasm for the alternative (Conservatives)
#4: The NDP holds the Ace. They *could* bring down the government… but they’d rather get their peice of the action while they can. They know that, within their constituents and supporters, they’re better off squeezing the Liberals for everything they can get while they are in the minority and vulnerable. If the Liberals, say No, then the NDP says.. OK, election time. Either way, the NDP wins.
I’ve also been tracking some international comment on the scandal. Unfortunately, most are simply copy/pasting the newswire story. But some have unique things to add and their perspective and tone are always interesting.
The main theme from most media outlets seems to be… Liberal party is corrupt, Chretien got the blame, Martin is exonerated, election possible, but not likely.
And if you’re looking for a great post on what the Gomery Report actually means to Canadians, I think Crawl Across the Ocean has put it best… if you give politicians of any stripe scissors, they will run with them.