One question that I don't hear many pundits asking as the Liberal bus tour draws to an end; is how much did this little adventure cost? Many are agreeing that the Liberal leader is better off having done the tour than had he vacationed in France. Shaking hands with thousands of Canadians should lead to a bump in the polls, but whether that's temporary or permanent remains to be seen. Iggy pop has a terrible polling record when Parliament is in session as Liberal leader, so his ability to sustain any momentum into day to day politics is rightly questionable. It is easier to show up at a BBQ than it is to whip your caucus into voting for your party's bill to fund foreign abortions.
Does anyone know how much was spent this summer by the Liberal Party? Were elected members able to expense any part of the Liberal tour to taxpayers? How much did they pay for that small bump in the polls? Can the Liberals hold at or near the 30% level into November and December? That will be the best indicator of whether or not we will face a spring showdown on the budget. I maintain my position that there will not be an election in 2010.